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Security agencies warn of Chinese espionage attempts

New Delhi: From cyber-attacks to recruiting insiders, China is vigorously pursuing a diverse range of tactics for economic espionage, Indian security agencies have warned.

The specific alert circulated among key stakeholders suggests that Chinese operatives are not only planning to steal classified cutting-edge defense technology but also eyeing to recruit best academicians and researchers around the globe, especially from the US, an IANS report said.

In the technology sector of the US, many Indians scientists are working at the forefront. “This is a serious matter for Indian government and security establishments,” said a top source further adding that Chinese always pursue economic espionage because it suits their low cost manufacturing sector on the basis of stolen research and costly design developed by top companies across the globe.

“An alert was also issued in early January about Chinese cyber intrusion attempts at several companies where Indian researchers are working. The espionage attempt was to target UAV technology and certain top-end military equipment designs. After stealing the techniques and design, China starts producing these equipment domestically and sells at a cheaper rate, inflicting irreparable damage to the original equipment manufacturers,” the sources in the security establishment observed.

Recently, the US accused China for targeting academia by sending researchers to American labs and using talent recruitment programme to steal scientific analysis. The US has also found that young recruits of the People’s Liberation Army posing as students are entering into various universities across the globe to get research papers and recruit academia.

The US intelligence agencies have found that their “universities have become a soft target in the global espionage war with China”.

Accordingly, Indian Missions have been informed about the threats being posed by Chinese spies and attempts to recruit Indian scientists and technologists working in the US and other parts of the world.

Sources further stated that security establishments in India have informed the scientist fraternity to be on alert amid threat posed by Chinese spies. (IANS)

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