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    Pro-American Internet trolls in Chinese social networks are in fact an element of the US surveillance program, according to one expert in mass communications amidst the revelations of a vast CIA hacking program.

    Earlier this week WikiLeaks released the first part of what it called an unprecedentedly large archive of CIA-related classified documents which indicate that for years the CIA has been methodically seeking and exploiting vulnerabilities in well-known software and hardware platforms in order to take control over them.

    Wu Fei, expert at the Xinjiang University’s Academy of Mass Communications, told Sputnik China that the CIA can effectively spy on Chinese social media at its leisure.

    Furthermore, while President Donald Trump deployed THAAD missile defense systems in relatively close proximity to Chinese borders, US intelligence operatives can not only monitor Chinese social networks but even intervene in online discussions between Chinese netizens.

    "There’s no way to escape this kind of surveillance because all social networks and operating systems contain backdoors that the CIA may exploit, with the exception of the technologies that were developed without any CIA involvement. Earlier Snowden revealed that the CIA funded the creation of Facebook and Apple, so obviously there’s a backdoor for the agency to use," Wu said.

    Furthermore, it is extremely difficult to protect Chinese social networks from this kind of surveillance, except for those systems that were developed in China without any foreign involvement, he added.

    "As soon as you use some foreign solutions, the probability of an outside entity seizing control of the system drastically increases," Wu said, adding that so far there’s has been no reports of a product that was developed by China without any outside involvement.

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    cyber surveillance, espionage, social networks, hacking, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), China, United States
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