Jun Wei Yeo, who leaked information from the US while performing spying on behalf of China, announced that he used LinkedIn for this. According to the information reported by Yeo, LinkedIn is worth gold coins for spying activities.
Jun Wei Yeo, a young and ambitious PhD student from Singapore, was invited to Beijing, the capital of China, to make presentations to Chinese academics in 2015. Yeo’s doctoral topic was Chinese foreign policy, and the invitation from Beijing made it possible for Yeo to closely observe what ways China is taking to improve the world influence.
Yeo, who successfully made his presentation in Beijing, caught the attention of people who said they were working in Chinese think tanks and was contacted. These rumors, which are also known as “political reports and information” and those who reported that they could pay Yeo if they provided insider information, managed to attract the attention of the young student.
Dickson Yeo’s currently deleted LinkedIn profile
Jun Wei Yeo, who started to work as a ‘spying’ under the pseudonym Dickson Yeo, provided information from South East Asian countries to those people, who he understood to be agents from the Chinese intelligence agency, and set his target as the USA upon request. Establishing a fake consulting firm, Yeo started building relationships with his goals in the US with his curious academic identity on LinkedIn.
The ambition, however, brought Yeo’s end. Jun Wei Yeo was arrested for collecting illegal intelligence on behalf of China when he traveled to the US in November last year to persuade an officer in the U.S. military to constantly leak information to him. As you can imagine, the story we conveyed to you came up with the capture of Yeo.
According to the information transferred, LinkedIn is actually a business-oriented social network, but soldiers and companies working with the government do not hesitate to share information about their business relations on the platform. This makes LinkedIn a target for intelligence agencies, and Yeo’s espionage is an example.
According to Yeo’s testimony, targeted and provided information on LinkedIn includes a person working on the US Air Force’s F-35 fighter planes program, and even an officer from the US Department of Defense. The officer in question even prepared a report on the possible effects of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan to China for 2 thousand dollars.