One reason in particular nations conducting espionage find personal relationships and domestic politics useful is that information on personal relationships can be used in the future for blackmail and knowledge of domestic politics gives them further understanding into the thinking of citizens. Understanding the thinking of citizens makes it much easier, for example, an infiltrated media to manipulate information to the point where they can steer the thinking of cultures.
The Chinese intelligence agencies that penetrated Australia’s parliamentary computer network in 2011 may have been inside the system for up to a year and had access to documents and emails that reveal the political, professional and social links across the political world, according to seven sources with knowledge of the breach.
Security and parliamentary sources said Chinese agencies obtained remote, system administrator access to the Parliament’s computer network, which “effectively gave them control of it”. Continue reading