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On eve of China summit, Biden administration subpoenas Chinese companies on possible security risks

The Biden administration said Wednesday that it has served subpoenas on multiple Chinese companies to seek information on possible national security risks, showing that at least some of the Trump administration’s tough policies on China are taking root in the new administration. The announcement of the subpoenas came as Secretary of State Antony Blinken and […]

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Exchange servers first compromised by Chinese hackers hit with ransomware

Enlarge Getty Images Now organizations using Microsoft Exchange have a new security headache: never-before seen ransomware that’s being installed on servers that were already infected by state-sponsored hackers in China. Microsoft reported the new family of ransomware deployment late Thursday, saying that it was being deployed after the initial compromise of servers. Microsoft’s name for […]

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California plaintiffs sue Chinese tech giant Tencent, alleging WeChat app is censoring and surveilling them

A group of California plaintiffs has filed a lawsuit against Chinese tech giant Tencent in state court, alleging that the company’s WeChat mobile app has censored and surveilled them and shared their data with Chinese authorities. The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, claims that the company’s practices violate the plaintiffs’ free-speech and privacy rights, and […]

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NYSE will remove share listings of Chinese telecom companies as Trump moves to ban Chinese apps Alipay and WeChat Pay

The New York Stock Exchange said it will proceed with a White House order to cease trading of three Chinese telecoms, the latest in a string of recent blows for Chinese companies dealt by the U.S. government. It follows President Trump‘s late Tuesday move to ban more Chinese mobile apps in the United States, including […]

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Federal prosecutors accuse Zoom executive of working with Chinese government to surveil users and suppress video calls

A security executive with the video-tech giant Zoom worked with the Chinese government to terminate Americans’ accounts and disrupt video calls about the 1989 massacre of pro-democracy activists in Tiananmen Square, Justice Department prosecutors said Friday. The case is a stunning blow for Zoom, one of the most popular new titans of American tech, which […]

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U.S. bans technology exports to Chinese semiconductor and drone companies, calling them security threats

The Trump administration has added prominent Chinese semiconductor and drone manufacturers to an export blacklist, an attempt to continue exerting pressure on Beijing in the final weeks of the Trump presidency. The Commerce Department said it has placed Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., or SMIC; drone maker DJI; and dozens of other Chinese companies and universities […]

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Outgoing Trump administration bans investments in Chinese companies it says support China’s military

The White House on Thursday issued an executive order banning U.S. investment in a few dozen Chinese companies that it said have ties to the People’s Liberation Army, underscoring the administration’s drive to continue severing China links before President Trump’s term ends in January. Beginning Jan. 11, the order prohibits any U.S. citizens or funds […]

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Federal court issues preliminary injunction halting Trump administration’s ban of Chinese app WeChat

A federal court has granted a preliminary injunction halting the Trump administration’s planned ban of Chinese app WeChat, in response to a plaintiff lawsuit saying the ban would harm their First Amendment rights. In an order issued late Saturday, the United States District Court in San Francisco said the plaintiffs, a group of WeChat users, […]

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Chinese network of fake accounts targets Trump with English-language videos

One three-minute video posted on YouTube by the network on Tuesday, titled “When I voted for trump, I almost sentenced myself to death,” portrayed the president as bashing China and threatening to ban TikTok to bolster his reelection chances after a disastrous federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. The video shows flattering images of presumptive […]