FP: China Used Stolen Data To Expose CIA Operatives in Africa and Europe
Mon December, 2020, Age: 3 years
Beginning in 2013, U.S. intelligence began noticing that undercover CIA personnel operating in countries in Africa and Europe were being rapidly and successfully identified by Chinese intelligence. The surveillance by Chinese operatives began in some cases as soon as the CIA officers had cleared passport control. CIA officials believed the answer was likely data-driven—and related to a Chinese cyberespionage campaign devoted to stealing vast troves of sensitive personal private information, like travel and health data, as well as U.S. government personnel records. U.S. officials believed Chinese intelligence operatives had likely combed through and synthesized information from these massive, stolen caches to identify the undercover U.S. intelligence officials.