A Chinese spy balloon communicated with China via an American internet provider

| December 30, 2023

The Chinese spy balloon that floated over the U.S. communicated with China via an American internet provider. The communications focused on the balloon’s navigation. The internet service provider, not listed in the linked article, denied that this was the case. They made this conclusion based on their internal investigation and on contacts with officials.

From Fox News:

A new report revealed that the Chinese spy craft that flew over the U.S. at the beginning of this year was communicating with mainland China via an American internet provider.

Two current and one former Biden administration officials told NBC News in a Thursday report that the craft used a U.S. internet provider to receive mainly navigational communications.

NBC News did not name the internet provider in the report. The company denied that the Chinese spy craft used its services and had come to that conclusion via its own investigation as well as talking to U.S. officials.

One official said the spy craft, which was shot down by the U.S. military off the coast of South Carolina on Feb. 4, used high-bandwidth data collections known as burst transmissions to send information.

The report also said the Biden administration asked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for a highly secretive order to collect intelligence on the craft as it flew over several states.

The officials said that order would have allowed the government to monitor the spy craft’s communications during its journey.

Several officials said in the report that, in the past, China has secretly used commercial internet providers in different nations as backup communications networks. Encrypted networks are often sought out for their security.

Fox News has additional information here.

Category: China, International Affairs

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Anonymous

Now that’s just adding insult to injury.

SFC D

Simplest, most practical way to do it. Internet access via cell system.

AW1Ed

Of course they’ll use the most robust system available, and they didn’t even have to hack into it. Win-win.

Hack Stone

Don’t be dragging me into this.

AW1Ed

Are the Chinese Y3K compliant? I see a marketing opportunity here, Hack.

jeff LPH 3 63-66

That doesn’t look like the balloon Corp. Agarns cousin was flying over Fort Courage with Chief Wild Eagle shouting it is balloon

fm2176

Ol’ Joe approves:

“C’mon, man, you know the end of the Civil War was near when quite accidentally, a hero who sneezed abruptly seized retreat and reversed it to victory… Mama’s Family approved of Kentucky-fried Berry, who was a bad mama-jama–almost as much as Corn Pop.
When my son Hunter was dropped off by Storch back in 1970, the Indian Campaigns were in full swing, you know, the thing… I offered to take Geronimo and his pal Trumpahontas behind the bleachers to sort things out, but my butt’s been wiped and I was feeling the slip and slide.”

KoB

It’s cute (in a sad sort of way), that some people think that we can vote our way out of this…’specially since we didn’t vote ourselves into this mess. Not sure how much more evidence needs to be produced to show that the US Grubermint is bought and paid for by the Chinese Communists.

Prepare

Blaster

I’m surprised that people are surprised!

AW1Ed
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KoB

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Sez The Gun Bunny!

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Sparks

Fucking Comcast.

Skivvy Stacker

I should have known….it was staring me in the face the whole time….Comcast…COMMIEcast! How could I be so blind??

26Limabeans

“receive mainly navigational communications”

You don’t need the internet for that.

Odie

What was it receiving that wasn’t “mainly navigational communications “?

Amateur Historian

“-via an American internet provider.”

Traitor!!!

Anonymous

“Woke” corporate panzies would kiss China’s ass for a good ESG score.

Commie-Tsar

And what is wrong with that!!! I do it all the time!!!

Hack Stone

The thing about getting millions of dollars funneled to your family from the Chinese Communist Party is that thirty minutes later you want to sell your country out again.

26Limabeans

So this is what they mean by the term “balloon payments”?

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Odie

Rim shot sound goes here.

Skivvy Stacker

He’ll be here all week….be sure to tip your waitress…

Odie

Key phrase… all week.

President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neande

Just the tip…..

SFC D

The value of your joke was overly inflated.

KoB

I’ll just stick this right here…

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rgr769

I think you misspelled “compromised.”

A Proud Infidel®™

Wow, the shit keeps getting stinkier by the day!

SFC D

Whatever commercial provider was used probably had no clue until well after the fact. The Chinese essentially built an airborne burner phone.

Odie

Or they knew, the check cleared, and they went to lunch for a few days.

SFC D

Which Biden wrote the check?

Odie

Hunter? Joe’s brother? Any of the other “adults” in Joe’s orbit?

They will attempt to pin it on the unnamed, unclaimed, unwanted grandchild.

Skippy

I guess Congress isn’t happy with there insider trading perks they get….

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