(FreedomBeacon.com)- The United Kingdom’s intelligence agency is reportedly launching a new campaign designed to stop foreign espionage campaigns. A timely announcement, and one that’s almost certainly a response to repeated cybersecurity and hacking campaigns from the Chinese Communist Party.
The new “Think Before You Link” campaign will be overseen by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), which is an arm of MI5, the UK’s intelligence agency.
No specific details were offered to the press about which companies or social media platforms were of specific concern to the link, but the Financial Times noted that the Chinese Communist Party has long used the LinkedIn business social networking site to entrap their professional targets.
More than 10,000 British nationals have reportedly been targeted within the last five years alone.
Chinese agents regularly pose as recruits and lure in their Western targets by arranging meetings. During the meetings, their targets are either blackmailed or bribed with the intention of obtaining intelligence.
The “Think Before You Link” campaign published a new video on the CPNI’s website this week, focusing on the “latter two R’s of the campaign – encouraging individuals to Report suspicious profiles and Remove them from their network.”
“Criminals and hostile actors may act anonymously or dishonestly online in an attempt to connect with people who have access to valuable and sensitive information. They often do this by posing as recruiters or talent agents who will approach individuals with enticing opportunities, when their real intent is to gather as much information as possible from the target,” the campaign’s website reads. “The consequences of engaging with these profiles can damage individual careers, as well as the interests of your organisation, and the interests of UK national security and prosperity. This guidance provides practical advice on how to identify them, how to respond, and how to minimise the risk of being targeted in the first instance.”
It comes after the United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency warned on Tuesday that a newly-discovered hacking campaign was “affecting the U.S. government agencies, critical infrastructure entities, and other private sector organizations.”
The hack utilized the Pulse Secure software, commonly used by businesses and government agencies to allow remote workers to connect to their office computers and servers. Pulse Secure issued a statement explaining how users could see if they were affected but said that the hack was so bad that there may not be a software patch to resolve the issue until May.
While President Joe Biden cozies up to China on the environment, sending John Kerry to negotiate deals that won’t go anywhere, at least the United Kingdom is being proactive.