Xinjiang Jin Biography — Wiki
Xinjiang Jin is a China-based ex-executive at Zoom who has been charged with sabotaging virtual commemorations of the Tiananmen Square massacre — and breaching the security of US-based users, Brooklyn federal prosecutors announced Friday.
Also known as aka Julien Jin, he worked in Zhejiang Province as a security technical leader for the video conferencing company headquartered in San Jose, California, according to the indictment unsealed Friday in the Eastern District of New York.
Xinjiang Jin Age
Xinjiang Jin is 39 years old.
Xinjiang Jin charged with sabotaging Zoom conferences
Xinjiang Jin served as the company’s primary liaison with the People’s Republic of China — providing the government information about users and meetings and sometimes even their IP addresses, prosecutors said. He was tasked with monitoring the platform for what the mainland Chinese government considered “illegal” meetings that discussed political and religious subjects.
At the behest of the People’s Republic of China, Jin and uncharged co-conspirators infiltrated conferences and allegedly terminated at least four video meetings commemorating the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre since January 2019.
The meetings were organized by the company’s US-based users — and some of the participants were survivors of the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations that were brutally crushed by the Chinese government. At least 280 protesters were shot dead.
To achieve the shutdown of the video conferences and terminate members’ accounts, Jin told Zoom executives that the participants had violated the company’s terms of service by distributing child pornography or supporting Islamic State terrorist groups.
What we know so far
Xinjiang Jin and his cronies created fake email and Zoom accounts to support the bogus claims.
Some of the targeted users were based on Long Island and in Queens, officials said.
“No company with significant business interests in China is immune from the coercive power of the Chinese Community Party,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers. “The Chinese Communist Party will use those within its reach to sap the tree of liberty, stifling free speech in China, the United States and elsewhere about the Party’s repression of the Chinese people.”
Jin is charged with conspiracy to commit interstate harassment and unlawful conspiracy to transfer a means of identification, for which he faces up to 10 years in prison. He is not in custody. A spokesperson for Zoom said the company has fully cooperated with the investigation.