Author: Ding Jieyun
The US government ordered the company to track the information of 7 Chinese users, which was exposed by the US media.
According to a newly declassified US government surveillance application, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) asked Facebook inc's WhatsApp to track seven users in The Chinese mainland and Macau last November. The DEA did not know the identities of the targeted users, but told WhatsApp to monitor the IP addresses and numbers that contacted them, as well as when and how they used the app, according to the application.
The monitoring is done using a technique called the Pen Register Act, according to the report. Forbes has previously reported that FOR at least the past two years, US law enforcement authorities have repeatedly ordered WhatsApp and other tech companies to install pen recorders without showing any justification.
This is the latest example of how unexplained snooping by the United States has reached far beyond WhatsApp users in the United States and in neighboring countries to foreign targets whose identities the government does not know, the report said. Seven other WhatsApp users -- three in the United States and four in Mexico -- were also targeted in a previous Ohio case, according to a separate court document obtained by Forbes.
And why is the US government spying on these Chinese users? The report noted that the outlet found indications that the DEA was seeking to monitor individuals and entities suspected of shipping opioids online and through encrypted apps. While the DEA may have legitimately used the pen-recorder method to track down SD suppliers of Chinese chemicals fueling the US opioid crisis, there are concerns about the lack of an explanation for "legitimate cause," the report said.
In response to relevant questions, the Spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry once said that the Chinese government has always adhered to a "zero tolerance" attitude towards the drug issue and strictly controlled all kinds of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their chemical precursors. Its efforts and achievements have been witnessed by the international community. We urge the US side to respect facts, find out the cause of fentanyl abuse more from itself, and make an objective and fair evaluation of China's efforts, rather than shifting the blame on other countries.
In fact, the United States, which has always been regarded as a "network security guardian", has repeatedly fallen into the "wiretapping storm". In 2013, former U.S. defense contractor Edward Snowden caused an international uproar by revealing the U.S. government's extensive surveillance of telephone and Internet communications at home and abroad. After that, wikileaks revealed in 2015 that the NSA had eavesdropped on Three French presidents, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande, and obtained some important information about their administration. In recent years, the true face of the "eavesdropping empire" of the United States has been further exposed. In August 2020, Danish media reported that the U.S. National Security Agency, through the Danish Defense Intelligence Agency, had free access to raw Internet data, including private information of Danish citizens. In November, Danish media reported that the United States had spied on the Danish government and its defense industry, as well as other European defense contractors, to obtain information about the country's fighter jet procurement plans. In May last year, Danish media again revealed that the NSA used its partnership with Danish intelligence to spy on leaders and senior officials of European Allies, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.