A Chinese national and former engineering student in the US state of Oregon pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods in a scheme that defrauded Apple out of roughly 1,500 iPhones.According to court records, US Customs and Border Protection opened an investigation in 2017 into a number of shipments of counterfeit iPhones that led them to Quan Jiang.Investigators said Jiang told them during an interview in December of that year that he regularly received packages from China that contained 20 to 30 inoperable iPhones, which he would then trade in for legitimate iPhones through Apple’s warranty programme by claiming they would not power on.Jiang told investigators that after trading in the fake iPhones for legitimate Apple products, either in person or online, he would ship them back to China where they were sold for hundreds of dollars.In exchange, Jiang would receive a cut of the money.Those funds were reportedly delivered to Jiang’s mother, who lives in China and would deposit the money in his account.
Two recent high-profile security incidents have made headlines across the United States and APAC regions.The other was the arrest of Yi Zheng, a Chinese national working as a contractor for Australian financial services firm AMP.Hasson was charged with several crimes and accused of being a white supremist in the middle of planning a terror plot.Zheng was arrested and pleaded guilty to attempting to steal and sell confidential AMP customer data on the dark web.Security and risk professionals should be extremely interested in these arrests.They show that when organizations have visibility over endpoint behavioral data and the ability to collect and analyze it, that malicious insider threats can be detected long before they have a chance to inflict significant damage.
The already suspicious account of a Chinese national who allegedly carried four cellphones, a thumb drive containing malware, and other electronics as she breached security at President Trump's private Florida club just grew even more fishy.Woman from China, with malware in tow, illegally entered Trump’s Mar-a-LagoAccording to testimony presented Monday, Yujing Zhang's hotel room had a signal detector and additional suspicious possessions in it.The possessions in Zhang's hotel included five SIM cards, nine USB drives, yet another cell phone, and a signal detector that could scan an area for hidden cameras, according to reports widely circulated Monday.Mr. Ivanovich testified that the computer analyst who reviewed Ms. Zhang's devices said that the thumb drive she was carrying had immediately begun installing a program on his computer.Federal prosecutors argued during Monday's hearing that Zhang was a flight risk because she had no ties to the US and couldn't be trusted to tell the truth.
The case follows a Chinese national, Yujing Zhang, who is accused of trying to sneak into President Trump’s private Florida resort Mar-a-Largo last month.She was caught by the Secret Service with four cellphones, a laptop, cash, an external hard drive, and a signals detector to spot hidden cameras, and a thumb drive.The arrest sparked new concerns about the president’s security amid concerns that foreign governments have tried to infiltrate the resort.Allegations aside and notwithstanding, what sent alarm bells ringing was how apparently the Secret Service handled the USB drive — which cannot be understated — were not good.He stated that when another agent put Zhang’s thumb-drive into his computer, it immediately began to install files, a “very out-of-the-ordinary” event that he had never seen happen before during this kind of analysis.The agent had to immediately stop the analysis to halt any further corruption of his computer, Ivanovich said.
A Chinese national has been charged by US authorities after she allegedly lied to enter the Mar-a-Lago club belonging to President Donald Trump.Mar-a-Lago is the Trump family’s winter retreat and is also a private members club.Yujing Zhang, aged 32, has been charged with making false statements to a federal officer and entering a restricted area.Zhang was said to have been carrying two Chinese passports and a thumb drive containing malware, when she allegedly said she wanted to access the swimming pool at the Mar-a-Lago resort.The Washington Post has published a copy of the US criminal charges against Yujing Zhang, filed by the US Secret Service.The complaint said that on 28 March 2019, a protective zone was established around the resort to secure it for a Presidential visit.