In spite of repeated warnings to businesses, companies in the UK continue to hire Chinese workers without conducting background investigations or verifying previous employment.
Chinese government officials and businessmen are proven aggressive in their attempts to find out everything about how Western companies operate and how they are structured.
It is old-fashioned human intelligence gathering — it’s thousands of years old and it works.
Taking a page out of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War,” they believe intelligence operations will give them the victory they seek, whether in terms of military prowess or industrial success.
Using stealth tactics such as sending visiting delegations of Chinese businessmen, the spies are able to penetrate what little security companies employ to thwart theft of information.
One British firm eager to develop its business with China recently invited a delegation to visit its UK factory, according to The Guardian. The Chinese authorities sent a delegation, but only a few of them turned up. The rest were believed to have traveled around Britain inviting themselves to defense and research establishments. Again, they were able to penetrate the security measures in place at these facilities.
According to one news story in the UK, if a British company creates a fuss about visitors who fail to turn up, the Chinese threaten to cancel the company’s license to trade.
I’ve said it before on numerous occasions and I will say it again now. “We are under siege” and many of the companies in this country (and evidently the UK) are CLUELESS to this.
The Chinese are very good and very patient. They have taken Tsun Tzu to heart and have been besting us every day because we are comparative simpletons in the public sector where this type of industrial espionage is concerned… Nay, lets go further and actually carry that over to the military and Federal sector too I think.
Tag this to the cyber opertaions that China has developed and our lacking security practices, and you have quite the opportunity for taking much of our intellectual capitol. I think that the counterintelligence director needs to get more sunlight in the public sphere to get companies aware.
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