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There Were Balls, Now: Spy Cranes: US Continues Paranoid Search for ‘Trojan Horses’ From China

Date: March 26, 2023 Time: 11:49:33

ZPMC-Siemens harbor cranes in Hamburg, Germany.


US authorities are concerned that China may be using its port cranes to spy on US materials. The Wall Street Journal writes about this, citing American counterintelligence sources, who called the Chinese cranes “a heavenly Trojan horse.”

The Chinese company ZPMC, which is the largest manufacturer of port, marine and shipbuilding equipment, engineering ships and large metal structures, has drawn the attention of US intelligence services. According to the company’s annual reports, more than 100 countries around the world are consumers of its products, and for 6 years ZPMC has occupied about 80% of the world market for port cranes.

Due to their high quality and relatively low cost, Chinese cranes are used in seaports throughout the United States, including those used by the US military. At the same time, complex sensors have been found in crane design that record and track the origin and destination of moving containers.

Due to their high quality and relatively low cost, Chinese cranes are used in seaports across the United States.

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The FBI believes that with the help of cranes, China’s intelligence services can obtain information about materials being imported and exported from the United States to support US military operations around the world. Chinese cranes were also found to have a remote access feature that allows them to remotely influence their work and, if necessary, disrupt the logistics of the goods.

The former director of the US National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Bill Evanin, called Chinese cranes “the new Huawei”: in 2019 the company was suspected of spying and stealing classified data that constituted state secrets. “It’s the perfect mix of legitimate businesses that can also masquerade as clandestine intelligence gathering,” Evanin added.

The Chinese embassy in the United States denied this claim. “Playing the ‘China card’ and spreading the ‘Chinese spy crane threat’ theory is caused by another paranoia and is just an attempt to influence trade and economic cooperation between our countries,” said Liu Pengyu, an official with the Chinese embassy. in Washington, he said in a statement.

In recent months, the anti-Chinese hysteria in the United States has reached its climax. During February, the US military shot down Chinese balloons used for scientific research on a massive scale, accusing the People’s Republic of China of monitoring the country’s strategic facilities. In early March, the lower house of the US Congress passed a bill to ban the social network TikTok, and the White House required all government agencies in the country to remove the network app from corporate devices. The United States fears that China could use TikTok to misinform and manipulate information, as well as “collect data on tens of millions of American children and adults every day.”


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Puck Henry
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Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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