China-Based Zoom Employee Spied on Dissidents at Direction of Chinese Intelligence, Feds Say

A Zoom employee based in China spied on users of the company’s video conferencing platform on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party’s intelligence services, according to federal prosecutors.

by Chuck Ross

A Chinese national working for Zoom Communications, the California-based, tech company spied on video conference calls at the behest of China’s intelligence services, and shut down virtual events held to commemorate the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, the U.S. government announced on Friday.

Justice Department officials said that Xinjiang Jin, also known as Julien Jin, collected information about the video platform users, some of whom were in the U.S., and provided it to China’s intelligence and law enforcement services.

Jin served as Zoom’s in-house liaison to the Chinese government. The complaint shows he had close contact with other Zoom employees as well as with agents of the Chinese government. Jin also met with Zoom’s chief operating officer, and exchanged messages with CEO Eric Yuan, according to the complaint.

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