The Chinese government is engaged in a concerted hacking attack on companies in the UK, according to a leaked MI5 report.
The Sunday Times, which has seen the 14 page document, alleges that gifts given to British business people, such as USB memory sticks and digital cameras, contain Trojans giving Chinese intelligence access to computers.
The report also claims that that Chinese intelligence has made attacks on computer systems belonging to defence, manufacturing and energy companies.
And it’s also made attacks on networks and email systems of PR companies law firms.
But Chinese agents don’t just use electronic methods to gain their intelligence. MI5 says that the intelligence services lure individuals into sexual relationships and criminal activities to compromise them.
*EyeSee MI5’s web site is here.