China is using fake LinkedIn profiles to gather information on German officials and politicians, the German intelligence agency (BfV) has said.
The agency alleges that Chinese intelligence used the networking site to target at least 10,000 Germans, possibly to recruit them as informants.
It released a number of fake profiles allegedly used for this purpose.
BfV head Hans-Georg Maassen said the accounts show China’s efforts to subvert top-level German politics.
“This is a broad-based attempt to infiltrate in particular parliaments, ministries and government agencies,” he said.
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