The Secret Service just intercepted a Chinese spy and stopped a potentially dangerous malware attack from occurring at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago.
A few days ago, a Chinese woman was arrested and federally charged for entering a restricted building and lying to Secret Service when she entered Mar-a-Lago claiming the intention to go swimming but was found carrying a slew of technology devices, including a thumb drive containing malicious software.
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A Chinese citizen who tried to enter President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club Saturday carrying a thumb drive containing malicious software is being charged federally with lying to a Secret Service officer and having knowingly entered a restricted building.
When Yujing Zhang attempted to enter the club in Palm Beach, Florida, she was stopped by Secret Service agents at a security checkpoint, according to court documents.
She showed two Chinese passports with her name and photograph to the agents, who then took her to Mar-a-Lago security to see if she was a member of the club.
Mar-a-Lago allowed Zhang to enter, according to the documents, because part of her name matched that of a member of the club. Zhang gave a nondefinitive answer when asked if that member was her father, according to the court documents, and was admitted by the club "due to a potential language barrier issue." She was taken by shuttle to a second checkpoint.
Zhang had said she intended to go swimming at the club, according to court documents. At the second checkpoint, when she appeared unsure of where to go, according to the arrest affidavit, she told a club receptionist she was at Mar-a-Lago for a United Nations Chinese American Association event later that evening — a nonexistent event. The receptionist alerted a Secret Service agent, who detained Zhang for questioning.
In the affidavit, the agent said Zhang spoke very good English and during questioning "became verbally aggressive with agents."
She was found carrying four cellphones, a laptop, a hard drive and a thumb drive, but no swimsuit. After a preliminary forensic investigation, the thumb drive was found to contain "malicious malware," according to the affidavit.
Here's what USA Today had to say about the details:
A Chinese woman with a thumb drive containing malware as well as multiple passports and electronic devices was arrested at The Mar-a-Lago Club on Saturday after she made her way past a security checkpoint, according to a federal criminal complaint.
President Donald Trump was at Trump National Golf Club in nearby Jupiter at the time, according to White House press pool reports. The Trump Organization owns the Palm Beach resort.
Yujing Zhang appeared in court Monday on charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds and making false statements to federal law enforcement agents.
Zhang — who also had two passports, four cellphones, a laptop and a hard drive — told a Secret Service agent her father was a club member and she was visiting the pool, the complaints states.
She said club security had allowed her to enter because of "a language barrier," the complaint states.
The on-duty manager said someone with the last name Zhang was a club member, but Secret Service could not confirm that she was a club member, the complaint states.
A golf-cart valet picked up Zhang and asked her where she wanted to go, but she said she wasn't sure, so the valet dropped her off at the main reception area, the complaint states.
They passed three Secret Service agents during the ride and Zhang passed through another Secret Service checkpoint before entering the main reception area, the complaint states.
The Secret Service said in a statement that the agency “does not determine who is invited or welcome at Mar-a-Lago; this is the responsibility of the host entity” but that it took “immediate action” after it was determined that Zhang did not have “authorized access.”