Tue. May 26th, 2020

Woman From China Entered Mar-a-Lago Carrying Thumb Drive With Malware

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A 32-year old woman from China was arrested after she attempted to gain access to Mar-a-Lago during President Trump’s visit to the Florida resort. The woman was found carrying four cellphones, an external hard drive, a laptop, two Chinese passports, and a thumb drive that was infected with malware.


According to the New York Times, the woman, identified as Yujing Zhang, asked to use the pool and was initially let in by the resorts own security who decided that she should be admitted when they verified that her surname matched with that of an existing member.


Once inside, Ms. Zhang claimed that she was there to attend a United Nations Chinese American Association event later that evening. However, the receptionist at the front desk could not find any record of the event. So, the club receptionist alerted the Secret Service.


After she was escorted off of the property, a subsequent search revealed that Zhang was carrying a wide array of electronic items, and she was charged with lying to a federal agent and attempting to gain access to a restricted area.


In a statement, the Secret Service said that admittance into Mar-a-Lago is determined by management. Moreover, additional screening is required for entry to areas used by the president.


Ms. Zhang appeared in court on Monday, and a bond hearing is scheduled for next week.