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It is completely reasonable to assume that MSS and SVR have subverted employees at all the major tech companies. This is part of the threat model for all competent tech security teams when building internal controls, monitoring and response.
Note that “subverted” is very different than planting professional spies in “The Americans” style. Each of the big companies employs thousands of employees with family members under the control of these countries, and a gov request might be simple and seem borderline reasonable.
This is why @josephfcox’s series on internal data controls is so important. Companies don’t have to be huge before their data might be useful enough in an intelligence context to turn an employee.
I expect that there will be a major combined HUMINT/InfoSec attack against a major tech company revealed in the next couple of years, which will trigger the same awakening that Project Aurora did in 2009.
BTW, I don’t blame the foreign-born employees at all. They are just trying to make a good living doing interesting work. If MSS had *my* Mom I would do whatever they asked.
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