Uyghurs in the United States are being hacked, according to the FBI.
By Abliz poskam, Uyghur Times
The FBI has warned that the Chinese government is intimidating, silencing, and harassing Uyghurs in the United States, both in-person and online.
The FBI said in an unclassified bulletin that Chinese officials are using transnational repression — a term that refers to foreign governments crossing national borders using physical and digital means to intimidate or silence members of the diaspora and exile communities — to compel compliance from Uyghurs and other Chinese refugees and dissidents in the United States, including Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, and Falun Gong practitioners.
the FBI bulletin warns that “Threatened consequences for non-compliance routinely include detainment of a U.S.-based person’s family or friends in China, seizure of China-based assets, sustained digital and in-person harassment, Chinese government attempts to force repatriation, computer hacking and digital attacks, and false representation online.”
The bulletin was reported by the video surveillance news site IPVM.
The bulletin said that between 2019 and March 2021, Chinese officials used WeChat to call and text a U.S.-based Uyghur to discourage her from publicly discussing Uyghur mistreatment. Members of this person’s family were later detained in detention camps.
“The Chinese government continues to conduct this activity, even as the U.S. government has sanctioned Chinese officials and increased public and diplomatic messaging to counter China’s human rights and democratic abuses in Xinjiang over the past year,” the FBI states. “This transnational repression activity violates US laws and individual rights.”
The FBI has urged U.S. law enforcement personnel, as well as members of the public, to report any suspected incidents of Chinese government harassment.