(RepublicanReport.com) – Though it’s difficult to know exactly what’s going on, it’s widely believed that China’s Uyghur population, numbering around 12 million, are currently the victims of attempted genocide. World leaders have accused the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime of trying to wipe out the minority population. There are reports that Uyghur women have been forcibly sterilized and that over one million Uyghurs have been detained in “re-education camps.”
On Wednesday, March 24, Facebook reported a foiled cyber attack against members of the Uyghur population around the world. The company said it detected attempts by a Chinese hacking group (known as Earth Empusa or Evil Eye) to infect the computers of Uyghur people with malware. This malware would have enabled the attackers to surveil the victims of the hack.
Those targeted were journalists, dissidents, and activists. They were living in a number of different countries, including the United States, Canada, Turkey, Kazakhstan, and Australia.
Facebook says it has blocked a group of hackers in China who've used the platform to target Uyghur activists, journalists and dissidents living abroad with links to surveillance malware. https://t.co/NTovN83zWA
— Axios (@axios) March 24, 2021
Facebook’s investigation tracked the hacking activity back to two Chinese companies. The news agency Reuters attempted to contact representatives from both companies, but to no avail.
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