Zhenhua data leak exposes China’s new ‘hybrid warfare’

Article Link: https://www.dw.com/en/zhenhua-data-leak-exposes-chinas-new-hybrid-warfare/a-55083540

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

A Chinese data company has harvested information on millions of people, allegedly on behalf of Beijing’s intelligence services. Analysts say democracies should pay more attention to the strategic use of open source data. More than 2 million people around the world have had their personal data collected on behalf of Chinese intelligence services, according to a leak of a dataset made public earlier this month by an Australian cybersecurity consultancy. The list includes prominent political figures like Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi and their families, business leaders like Ratan Tata, US military members of all ranks, senior diplomats, academics, celebrities, ordinary people, and even gangsters.