It Was Revealed That China Used LinkedIn To Spy Against The US

It Was Revealed That China Used LinkedIn To Spy Against The US


Jun Wei Yeo, who leaked information from the US while carrying out espionage activities on behalf of China, has revealed that he used LinkedIn for this. LinkedIn is worth a gold mine for spying activities, according to Yeo.

Jun Wei Yeo, a young and ambitious doctoral student from Singapore, was invited to Beijing, the capital of China, to give presentations to Chinese academics in 2015. Yeo's doctoral subject was Chinese Foreign Policy, and the invitation from Beijing enabled Yeo to take the opportunity to observe closely what ways China is resorting to to increase its influence in the world.

Yeo, who successfully delivered his presentation in Beijing, attracted the attention of people who said he worked at Chinese think tanks and was contacted by him. Rumours, also described as “political reports and information”, and reports that they could pay Yeo if he provided insider information, managed to attract the attention of the young student.

Dickson Yeo's now-deleted LinkedIn profile

Jun Wei Yeo, who began his ‘espionage’ mission under the pseudonym Dickson Yeo, initially provided information from South East Asian countries to those he understood to be agents from the Chinese intelligence organization, but upon incoming demand he identified his target as the United States. Yeo, who founded a fake consulting firm, began building relationships with his targets in the US through his curious academic identity via LinkedIn.

Ambition, however, brought the end of Yeo. Jun Wei Yeo was arrested in November of last year on charges of gathering illegal intelligence on behalf of China when he went to the United States to persuade a U.S. Army officer to constantly leak information to him. As you can imagine, the story we told you above came about with the capture of Yeo.

While LinkedIn is actually a business-oriented social network, soldiers and companies working with the government are not shy about sharing information about their business relationships on the platform, according to the source. This makes LinkedIn a target for intelligence agencies, an example of the spying Yeo carried out.

According to Yeo's statements, those targeted and provided information on LinkedIn include a person working in the US Air Force's F-35 fighter jet program, including an officer from the US Department of Defense. The officer in question even prepared a report on the possible impact of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan on China for 2 thousand dollars.