Data on nearly 700 Americans published in a huge Chinese surveillance file: leaked database


According to a leaked database seen by the Epoch Times, nearly 700 Americans were flagged in a secret Chinese security database during their visit to Shanghai, China.

The list of 697 American citizens, some as young as three, is part of a 1.1 million record dataset that includes more than 5,000 foreigners. The details recorded will include the name, birth data and passport number obtained when the individual entered and exited Shanghai from 2018 to 2020.

The Shanghai Department of Homeland Security, which stored the information on a server, responded to the Department of Homeland Security, the highest intelligence agency of the central government.

The watchlist also included 172 Canadians, 161 Australians, and hundreds of travelers from Asian countries such as Japan and Taiwan. The three tracked also have diplomatic passports.

The Shanghai record is not exhaustive, but says “a small but very detailed window to China’s surveillance”, Robert Potter and David Robinson of Internet 2.0, an Australian-based cybersecurity company that analyzed the data. Says.

The subset of data breaches includes a blacklist containing 10,000 people tagged as “suspected terrorism” consisting of 93% Uighurs. Thousands of them have been flagged for access to the internet.

Hundreds of individuals have also joined the watchlist to give them access to materials for making dangerous chemicals, drugs, or explosives. Nearly half of the employees worked for foreign companies and joint ventures, including US manufacturing giant 3M, Kansas-based chemical company Invista, and Japanese automaker Mitsubishi.

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When China was hit by a new coronavirus outbreak in Shanghai, China on March 4, 2020, a man wearing a protective face mask walks under a surveillance camera. (Aly Song / Reuters)

Records from a district called Jinshan around the port of Shanghai also revealed that authorities deployed surveillance cameras to track individuals in real time, recording car registration details and movements where possible. ..

Internet 2.0 pointed out how local-level data was merged into a single system to facilitate monitoring.

“This system shows that China is trying to broadly control all data points within law enforcement and political control,” the company said, and the tools it mobilizes are “operated in democracy. It is significantly more advanced in both scope and scale than the tools it has. State. “

Michael Schubridge, director of defense at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, previously told The Epoch Times that a large amount of information from the leak shows Beijing’s power in targeting those who are against the administration. Told.

“Despite the huge investment in cybersecurity, online surveillance, surveillance, and central authority to control it tightly, this is a major vulnerability in the party’s operating model and appears to be growing rather than shrinking. “He said.

The State Department did not respond to requests for comment.

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