Chinese 'kompromat' won't work with Australians - they can't be shamed

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News broke last month that a Chinese company with links to China's Ministry of State Security has been secretly data-profiling at least 35,000 prominent Australians. A leak revealed that the company, Zhenhua Data, has compiled records on at least 2.4 million people of "special interest" to China worldwide.

The operation has "scraped" open-source material from social media as well as used confidential bank records, job applications and psychological profiles probably obtained from the Dark Web.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2020, with the headline 'Chinese 'kompromat' won't work with Australians - they can't be shamed'. Print Edition | Subscribe