British newspaper: British intelligence could track down a sunken Chinese Navy submarine through a PLA officer's Apple watch
Spy mania seems to have spread not only to the United States, where government employees have been banned from using the popular Chinese video platform TikTok since the end of last year due to fears of wiretapping by Chinese intelligence services through the application. A similar situation is developing in China with regard to American electronic devices.
The British newspaper Daily Mail reports that British military intelligence MI6 could track down a sunken military submarine of the Chinese Navy by listening to the smart watch of the American company Apple, owned by one of the PLA officers. Information about this disaster is classified, but according to the publication, an accident occurred on one of the nuclear submarines of the PLA Navy Type-093 “Shan” on August 21, as a result of which the submarine sank in the Yellow Sea in the Chinese province of Shandong.
All 55 sailors on board the submarine, including 22 officers, seven cadets, two foremen, 17 sailors and the ship's commander, colonel (captain of the first rank), died. The publication claims that the ship fell into a trap that the Chinese military had previously allegedly set for British and American ships.
During the investigation into the cause of the disaster, the Chinese military allegedly discovered that British intelligence was spying on the submarine through remote access to an Apple gadget belonging to a senior PLA officer serving in Guangdong province in southern China. The newspaper refers to information received from Chinese oppositionists, who had copies of documents from the Chinese Communist Party, which talk about Western intervention.
The British tabloid claims that the revelation of espionage by the British intelligence service caused a big scandal in the leadership of the PRC. Earlier, Beijing officially denied information disseminated in Western media about the disaster with a nuclear submarine and the death of the entire crew of the submarine.
Meanwhile, the American company Apple does have the ability to track at least the geolocation of its gadgets, as well as gain access to other data, especially those stored in cloud services. Apple specialists can also remotely install any software on their gadgets, including spyware and malware, under the guise of updates without the owner’s knowledge. Which, however, can be done by manufacturers of Chinese smartphones and other electronic devices.
In Russia, civil servants are also prohibited from using Apple gadgets for official purposes. There is no national official order on this topic, but such decisions were made by the heads of almost all government agencies, institutions, companies and departments. At the beginning of June, the FSB of the Russian Federation announced the discovery of an intelligence campaign by American intelligence services related to the infection of thousands of iPhones, including those registered to foreign embassies in Russia.
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