Taiwanese spy targets Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort in Florida with malicious software
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida is a luxury property and travel club owned by U.S. President Trump. The resort was the possible scene of an attempted spy attack on the United States by Taiwan.
According to a local news report, a Chinese woman carrying a passport by the Republic of China, what is Taiwan, has been charged with making a false statement to the U.S. Secret Service after entering President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on bogus pretenses while carrying a thumb drive that contained “malicious software.
Yujing Zhang was questioned while President Trump was playing golf at the Trump International course nearby.
Zhang, after passing by at least five Secret Service agents and arriving in the main reception area of Mar-a-Lago told the Secret Service that she was there to attend a “United Nations Friendship Event” between China and the United States.
That event did not exist, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Southern Florida. The complaint noted that Zhang had traveled past several signs clearly stating that the areas she was visiting were under the jurisdiction of the Secret Service and that “persons entering without lawful authority are subject to arrest and prosecution.”
Zhang was carrying four mobile phones, a laptop computer, an external hard drive, and a thumb drive.
A preliminary forensic examination of the thumb drive determined it contained malicious software.The Secret Service declined to comment.
According to the criminal complaint, Zhang was admitted to Mar-a-Lago after passing through a Secret Service checkpoint, where she presented an agent with two Republic of China passports carrying her name, and her photograph, the complaint said.
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Zhang was charged with making false statements to a federal officer, and entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds.
Zang was allowed by Mar-a-Lago security to enter the property “due to a potential language barrier issue,” the complaint said.
She was then picked up in a golf cart shuttle by a Mar-a-Lago valet driver, who asked her where she intended to go.
A Secret Service agent was notified after a receptionist checked all of the access lists for Mar-a-Lago to confirm whether Zhang was approved to be on the property, and found that she was not authorized, according to the complaint.