Small toy figures are seen between displayed U.S. flag and Linkedin logo in this illustration picture, August 30, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration
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The United States' top spy catcher said Chinese espionage agencies are using fake LinkedIn accounts to try to recruit Americans with access to government and commercial secrets, and the company should shut them down. William Evanina, the U.S. counterintelligence chief, told Reuters in an interview that intelligence and law enforcement officials have told LinkedIn, owned by Microsoft Corp., about China's "super aggressive" efforts on the site.He said the Chinese campaign includes contacting thousands of LinkedIn members at a time, but he declined to say how many fake accounts U.S. intelligence had discovered, how many Americans may have been contacted and how much success China has had in the recruitment drive.LinkedIn says it has 575 million users in more than 200 countries and territories, including more than 150 million U.S. members.Evanina did not, however, say whether he was frustrated by LinkedIn's response or whether he believes it has done enough.Earlier this month, LinkedIn said it had taken down "less than 40" fake accounts whose users were attempting to contact LinkedIn members associated with unidentified political organizations.
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