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Home / World News / LinkedIn working to combat China’s ‘super aggressive’ efforts for spy recruitment

LinkedIn working to combat China’s ‘super aggressive’ efforts for spy recruitment

The Microsoft-owned service said Friday it’s partnering with US law enforcement agencies after uncovering fake LinkedIn profiles and other fraudulent activity.

world Updated: Sep 01, 2018 12:18 IST
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LinkedIn said earlier in August it found accounts were being misused to connect with LinkedIn members who work at political organizations.
LinkedIn said earlier in August it found accounts were being misused to connect with LinkedIn members who work at political organizations. (REUTERS)

LinkedIn says it’s working to combat Chinese espionage activity targeting users of the online career network.

The Microsoft-owned service said Friday it’s partnering with US law enforcement agencies after uncovering fake LinkedIn profiles and other fraudulent activity.

Reuters reported Friday that William Evanina, who directs the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, says the US government informed LinkedIn about China’s “super aggressive” efforts to contact members on the site, apparently for the purpose of spy recruitment.

LinkedIn said earlier in August it found accounts were being misused to connect with LinkedIn members who work at political organizations. The company then said in a blog post Tuesday it has reason to believe “nation-state actors” were creating fake accounts.

China’s foreign ministry told Reuters it disputes Evanina’s allegations.