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An NYU professor is claiming that blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangchen, who staged a dramatic escape from house arrest and fled to the US, was given an iPad and iPhone loaded with spyware on his arrival at New York University last year. The self-trained lawyer was imprisoned and then held under house arrest for years after …


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  1. Thomas Gray

    "pressure from China as it looks to finalise a lucrative Shanghai campus there."

    As opposed to, say, a lucrative Shanghai campus in Bolsover.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      That's not spyware, that's the 'find my phone function' and the 'up loading to a server' is just the back up on iCloud.

      Though I think the NSA probably had access to it.

  2. John Smith 19 Gold badge

    "As opposed to, say, a lucrative Shanghai campus in Bolsover."

    Where post grads will work 90 hour weeks for $1 a day?

    As for Bolsover, that would never happen. They fear The Beast

  3. Gordon Pryra

    This guy had no chance

    Whats his choices?

    1) Being given Chinese hardware was always going to be risky.

    2) If he bypassed the Chinese then the NSA would have been snooping on him anyway.

    1. Don Jefe

      Re: This guy had no chance

      The NSA were certainly spying on him anyway.

  4. Lord Elpuss Silver badge

    Working as designed

    "NYU technicians found spyware which could allow a third party to track the location of the device and additional password-protected software apparently backing up stolen info to a remote server."

    That'd be Find my Friends and iCloud then.

  5. Tom 7 Silver badge

    Spyware laden

    you mean a normal iPhone and iPad?

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Spyware laden

      I came here to make this joke, wasn't quick enough.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So New York University are building a campus in Shanghai and I also just heard the other day that Zhejiang University are building a campus in London.

    Am I the only one who finds this whole idea absurd? Building a university campus in a different country? Is this a recent thing to be happening?

    1. Don Jefe

      It isn't recent. Universities do it directly through building a campus or through partnerships with unis in the host country to foster relationships between the two countries. Most of those I'm familiar with focus on graduate studies where the student gets to advance their studies while living in a foreign country with a 'safe' factor and a touch of home. The students often go directly to work in the host countries as they are comfortable with the culture.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      > and I also just heard the other day that Zhejiang University are building a campus in London

      I think you'll find there's already a Chinese university in London - it's called Imperial :-/

  7. g e

    All he installed was

    Microsoft Spyke

  8. WatAWorld

    So who? Chinese? USA?

    I figure the NSA doesn't need spyware, they can just tap his internet connection.

    But then the same is true when he contacts people back in China, the Chinese can do what the Americans do.

    Is it the CIA, and maybe they only have limited access to what the NSA has?

    Or the CIA's Chinese counterpart?

    Would the South Koreans or Japanese stoop this low?

    We really need to know what spyware to know what to make of this.

    1. kain preacher

      Re: So who? Chinese? USA?

      NSA is headed by the military. I suspect inter agency rivalry .

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    He should have laughed and asked why he was being given fisher price toys for serious business!

    Accepting "gifts", yeah they was nothing behind that. I'd have thought those intelligent enough to work for a uni would have more common sense.

    Though I know that academia does not have any common sense. They specialise in a subject and are just as stupid as joe public outside that relm.

    1. Peter Storm

      "stupid as joe public outside that relm"

      Made my day.

  10. mrweekender
    Black Helicopters


    ...a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire?

    Also - Shandong - love Chinese names.

  11. All names Taken
    Paris Hilton

    Can't these snooping agencies get their acts together?

    I mean why should China spy on the dude when it could buy the stuff from ** of * nsa anyway?

    It seems a daft duplication or multiplicity of time, resource and effort no?

  12. Justice

    Malware on Chinese made device?


  13. Blubster

    I take it that ......

    .... they don't teach Greek mythology in China otherwise Chen may have known the story of the wooden horse of Troy.

    Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes and all that.

  14. nice spam database '); drop table users; --

    his technician only added a Skype account...

    ”his technician only added a Skype account”

    I think that's all you need to do to start getting logged anyway.

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