Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Sources say China used iPhone hacks to target Uyghur Muslims | TechCrunch

Turns out this wasn't ONLY for iPhones, but android and others as well - headlines must feature Apple though.  Anyway, just MORE Chinese crackdowns on their own people.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Huawei staff and Chinese military have deep links, study claims

A new analysis of CVs of Huawei staff appeared to reveal deeper links between the technology giant and China's military and intelligence bodies than had been previously acknowledged by the firm.

The paper, which looks at employment records of Huawei employees, concluded that "key mid-level technical personnel employed by Huawei have strong backgrounds in work closely associated with intelligence gathering and military activities." Some employees can be linked "to specific instances of hacking or industrial espionage conducted against Western firms," it claimed.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Hollywood to China: You Can Be My Wingman Anytime

No one but the die-hard fans might have noticed it, but in the new Paramount Pictures trailer for Top Gun: Maverick, Tom Cruise's character is wearing the same bomber jacket, but without the flags of Taiwan or Japan on the patch for "Far East Cruise 63-4, USS Galveston." It's a small change, experts say, but it makes a huge statement about China's growing influence over U.S. filmmakers. Like a lot of new productions, the Top Gun sequel is partly produced by a Chinese distributor, meaning that the regime's censors would have had tremendous veto power over the film's content -- right down to the actors' wardrobes.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Xiaomi Accidentally Uses Apple Video to Advertise Controversial Mimoji Phone

The rip-off is what it is — Xiaomi being Xiaomi. China just doesn't have a culture where intellectual property is respected, but Xiaomi takes it to an absurd level.

"Xiaomi's augmented-reality avatar set, Mimoji, is definitely not a clone of Apple's Memoji — they just look very similar and happen to share identical-sounding names — the Chinese company clarified last week. But ads for Apple's Memoji and Apple Music have been embedded on Xiaomi's product page for the Mi CC9 smartphone on e-commerce platforms and Suning, in lieu of original Xiaomi graphics, a Weibo user found on Friday.

This isn't the first time that Xiaomi has been accused of copying Apple. According to Vanity Fair, Apple's head of design Jony Ive once called Xiaomi out at a conference: "You spend seven or eight years working on something, and then it's copied. . . . I think it's theft, and it's lazy."

Monday, July 15, 2019

Former Tesla employee admits uploading Autopilot source code to his iCloud

Honestly, we are to the point that if I was the hiring person at any kind of tech company, or a company with serious trade secrets, I'd have a hard time hiring anyone that was Chinese.  Especially if their family was not Chinese American. If they are first gen in this country, they should be HIGHLY suspect:
"Guangzhi Cao, a former engineer at Tesla, admitted in a court filing this week that he uploaded zip files containing Autopilot source code to his personal iCloud account in late 2018 while still working for the company. Tesla sued Cao earlier this year for allegedly stealing trade secrets related to Autopilot and bringing them to Chinese EV startup Xiaopeng Motors, also known as Xmotors or XPeng, which is backed by tech giant Alibaba.
Cao denied stealing sensitive information from the automaker in the same filing. His legal team argued he "made extensive efforts to delete and/or remove any such Tesla files prior to his separation from Tesla." Cao is now the "head of perception" at XPeng, where he is "[d]eveloping and delivering autonomous driving technologies for production cars," according to his LinkedIn profile."

Thursday, July 11, 2019

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border - VICE

Foreigners crossing certain Chinese borders into the Xinjiang region, where authorities are conducting a massive campaign of surveillance and oppression against the local Muslim population, are being forced to install a piece of malware on their phones that gives all of their text messages as well as other pieces of data to the authorities, a collaboration by Motherboard, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Guardian, the New York Times, and the German public broadcaster NDR has found.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Human Rights Groups to U.S.: Trade Carefully on China

"They are forced to renounce the Muslim religion and Uighur language, and memorize and recite Chinese characters and propaganda songs. The 'vocational training' is actually forced labor. Torture and deaths are common. Thousands of children have been separated from their parents and placed in a separate network of orphanages. 'Break their lineage, break their roots, break their connections and break their origins," concluded a state news commentary cited by the [New York] Times. It's hard to read that as anything other than a declaration of genocidal intent."

Uighurs, who are being swept up into China's nets by the thousands at various checkpoints around the country, are scared to even leave the house. Other non-Muslims are being thrown behind the high walls of these prisons for nothing more than having a photo of a woman with a headscarf on their phone -- or reciting something religious at a funeral. "Yet thanks to China's growing power," the editors of the Washington Post point out, "global reaction has been muted."