For years, it has been well understood that China could be a major threat to the world at large, and the current FBI director simply can’t sit idly by any longer.
As American athletes continue to pour into Beijing for the Olympic Games, Christopher Wray has new warnings for those traveling to China.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said the threat coming from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is “more brazen” and “more damaging than ever before” with U.S. counter-intelligence operations opening every 12 hours.Advertisement - story continues below
“There’s just no country that presents a broader threat to our ideas, innovation and economic security than China,” Wray said Monday, speaking from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. “The Chinese government steals staggering volumes of information and causes deep, job-destroying damage across a wide range of industries.”
Then came some more specific warnings.
The FBI issued an additional warning this week as U.S. athletes prepare for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, telling the competitors and their teams to stay off social media.
Chinese authorities said the country would weaken its notorious firewall that typically blocks its citizens from being able to access sites like Facebook, Twitter and even news outlets like Reuters and the BBC, in light of the surplus of foreign travelers.Advertisement - story continues below
But the top security agency said this could open Americans up to the threat of Chinese cyber espionage tactics.
“The FBI urges all athletes to keep their personal cellphones at home and use a temporary phone while at the Games,” the Department of Defense warned Monday. “Adversaries could use social engineering and phishing campaigns leading up to and during the event to implant malware to disrupt networks broadcasting the event.”
China’s continued genocide of Uyghur Muslims has many corporations and athletes boycotting the games as well, which has left a serious pockmark on the normally-festive gathering.