DOJ accuses Zoom Executive of spying for China
According to a statement from the Department of Justice, Zoom Executive known as Xinjiang Jin leaked confidential information of program users to Chinese intelligence.
“A complaint and arrest warrant were unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Xinjiang Jin, also known as “Julien Jin,” with conspiracy to commit interstate harassment and unlawful conspiracy to transfer a means of identification. Jin, an employee of a U.S.-based telecommunications company (Company-1) who was based in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), allegedly participated in a scheme to disrupt a series of meetings in May and June 2020 held to commemorate the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in the PRC. The meetings were conducted using a videoconferencing program provided by Company-1, and were organized and hosted by U.S-based individuals, including individuals residing in the Eastern District of New York,” Department of Justice said in press release.
The suspect lives in China, but Zoom's US office has already announced full cooperation with American investigators.
“We support the U.S. Government’s commitment to protect American interests from foreign influence. As the DOJ notes, Zoom has been fully cooperating with them in this matter. We have also been conducting a thorough internal investigation, and we terminated for violating company policies the China-based former employee charged in this matter. We have also placed other employees on administrative leave pending the completion of our investigation,” Zoom stated.
Despite the fact that Xinjiang Jin, also known as Julien Jin, began its illegal activities last year, the recent leak of all Chinese spies integrated into various companies around the world helped intelligence agencies from different countries, including the United States, to track down members of the Chinese Communist Party.
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