Chinese woman 'lied her way into Mar-a-Lago' with malware

Chinese woman 'lied her way into Mar-a-Lago' with malware

President Trump, meeting and dining with senior military leaders Wednesday night, said he isn't concerned about security or espionage fears at Mar-a-Lago after a woman was arrested and charged for allegedly trespassing onto the property with a malware-infected device. According to a criminal complaint, she was carrying two passports, four cellphones, and computer equipment - including a thumb drive containing malware.

A few weeks ago, it was revealed that a Chinese businesswoman named Cindy Yang (Yáng Lì 杨莅), who had founded a chain of sketchy massage parlors in southern Florida, had a controversial side business selling Chinese executives access to Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club.

"Together Yang and Lee brought more than 20 guests to Mar-a-Lago in 2018, according to their posts on WeChat, the Chinese equivalent of Facebook", the paper reported on March 29.

Yang's massage parlor business attracted global attention - and legal scrutiny - after its connections to prostitution and extremely wealthy American business owners were exposed last month, along with Yang's political fundraising on behalf of Trump's election campaigns. Now, even as president, Trump's decision to spend so much of his time at his private club is opening up new avenues of influence for foreign intelligence agencies to exploit.

In a March 15 letter to Wray, the top Democrats on the House and Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees asked the FBI to investigate whether Yang had used her connections to Trump and his club to facilitate business opportunities for Chinese executives. As the AP reported, she did not have a bathing suit.

The FBI is now investigating who the Yujing Zhang, who was arrested on Saturday, is and whether she is part of the possible Chinese espionage operation.

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They also asked Wray what additional steps would be "needed to detect and deter adversary governments or their agents" from conducting electronic surveillance or gaining access to materials at Mar-a-Lago and Trump's other properties. House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said he would get a briefing Thursday from the Secret Service.

"No, I am not concerned at all", he said on Wednesday.

The White House declined to comment on the FBI's counter-intelligence investigation or related questions, and referred questions to the Secret Service, which had no immediate comment.

She's facing charges of entering a restricted area and making a false statement to a federal official.

"Ms. Yang also reportedly created a business named GY US Investments that may be selling access to the President and members of his family to clients from China", said the letter, which was signed by Mark R. Warner, Adam B. Schiff, Dianne Feinstein and Jerry Nadler of both House and Senate judicial and intelligence committees. She initially told staff members that she was at Mar-a-Lago for an event ran an organization called the United Nations Chinese American Association, however, a receptionist for the club found no such event on the club's schedule.