The Czech Republic’s intelligence agency recently revealed that Russian and Chinese spies posed an up and coming threat to the EU member’s security and other key interests the previous year.
The annual report of the Security Data Administration (BIS) said the intelligence services of Russia and China took up a rather significant role in further advancing their interests and options abroad.
All Russian intelligence services were rather active on Czech territory in 2019. Spies with a strategic and diplomatic cover zeroed in on further advancing Russia’s interests and the Kremlin’s views, just as boosting Russia’s reputation in the Czech Republic.
“The key difference is that Russia seeks to destabilise and disintegrate its opponents, while China is trying to build a Sinocentric global community wherein other nations acknowledge the legitimacy of China’s interests,” BIS said.
The Chinese spies’ agents utilized covers as diplomats, journalists, or scientists and “utilized the receptiveness of the Czech environment to the offer of Chinese investment,” BIS said.
They focused on the tech area, the military, security, infrastructure, the health sector, the economy, and environmental protection and searched for ways to paint a positive portrait of China.
BIS added that the foreign spies additionally focused on Czech cyberspace with attacks focused on the foreign ministry and diplomatic missions abroad, yet additionally the infrastructure of Czech anti-virus software maker Avast.
It said Russian and Chinese services were behind these attacks, adding that phishing and spear-phishing emails were the most frequently utilized tactic.
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