Amid simmering tensions between Australia and China, the Melbourne media reported a major data leak on Monday that contained official records such as party position, date of birth, national ID number and ethnicity of nearly two million suspected members of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC), who lived and lived all over the world to work. The data leak obtained from The Australian newspaper revealed how alleged CPC members are employed by some of the world’s largest defense, banking and manufacturing pharmaceutical giants Coronavirus Vaccinations.
Companies that have reportedly identified suspected CPC members as employees include Boeing and Volkswagen, pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and AstraZeneca, and financial institutions like ANZ and HSBC. The leak has revealed details of 1.95 million CPC members after being extracted from a Shanghai server by whistleblowers.
An investigation by ‘The Australian’ found that at least 10 consulates in the eastern Chinese metropolis of Shanghai employ CPC members as senior political and government specialists, employees, economic advisers and management assistants. 79,000 branches were announced, many in corporate, university, and even government agencies.
The leak has claimed that the ruling CPC has infiltrated the Australian, British and US consulates in Shanghai. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has set up a Chinese government agency, the Shanghai Foreign Agency Service Department, to hire local staff. It is believed to be the first leak of its kind in the world, said Australian journalist and Sky News host Sharri Markson in her report on Monday.
The amazing thing about this database is not only that it exposes people who are Communist Party members and now live and work all over the world, from Australia to the US to the UK, but also because it opens the lid on Like the Party works under President and Chairman Xi Jinping, said Markson. Markson said the CPC offices were set up in Western companies where members, when asked to do so, are directly accountable to the Communist Party and President Xi himself.
It will also embarrass some global companies that appear to have no plan to protect their intellectual property from theft and industrial espionage, she said. Markson said the leak was a significant security breach that could embarrass Xi.
The data was extracted from a Shanghai server in April 2016 by Chinese dissidents, whistleblowers who used them for counter-espionage purposes. Markson said it was worth noting that there is no evidence that these members were guilty of espionage – but the concern is whether Australia or these companies knew about the CCP members and, if so, steps were taken to retrieve their data as well Protect people. “Australia’s relations with top trading partner China turned sour in 2018 when it became the first country to publicly ban China’s Huawei from its 5G network and deteriorated after Canberra requested an investigation into the origins of the new one Coronavirus, which was first discovered in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.
Beijing was also upset by Australian criticism of its actions in Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Taiwan and the South China Sea.