FBI Director Christopher Wray remarked on Tuesday during a House committee hearing that China has managed to steal the most American data. As he noted they have stolen more “than every other nation combined.”
Wray said that China has the world’s largest hacking program and as a result, they have managed to steal both personal and business data from America. This statement was made during the House Homeland Security Committee’s annual worldwide threats hearing.
The director, also said that this was a “national security concern” for the U.S. Wray also talked about how TikTok and its parent company ByteDance, both of which are based in China could pose a major intelligence concern. He added that these give the Chinese Government the option to control the data collected by millions of users. They can also then use the algorithms to recommend a specific type of content and influence others on the platform. They could also control the app and software that is essentially available on millions of devices. As Wray described these are only some of the problems that TikTok poses.
There are also still many questions about the extent to which companies share documents with the Chinese government in Beijing. This increases the levels of concern over what is actually occurring and what is taking place.