The Chilling Impact of State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks: How China is Targeting Political Decision Makers and Sparking Tensions

Understanding the Chinese Hacking Scandal

In recent years, several countries have been the target of cyber attacks carried out by hacker groups believed to be working on behalf of the Chinese government. According to the British Deputy Prime Minister, both the systems of the British Electoral Commission and private devices belonging to several parliamentarians were hacked in 2021 and 2022.

The National Center for Cybersecurity identified the group responsible as “APT 31”, operating out of Wuhan, China. The group is believed to have ties to the Chinese Ministry of National Security and has been involved in cyber operations targeting critics of the Communist Party and stealing business secrets.

The US Department of Justice also confirmed that APT 31 was responsible for cyber attacks in the United States, which targeted various government departments and members of Congress. New Zealand’s Parliament server was also a victim of state-sponsored cyber activity attributed to China during this period.

Political decision-makers from all three affected countries were targeted by the hackers, including members of cross-party committees dealing with China. Sanctions were imposed on APT 31 and associated companies by both the British and US governments as a response to these attacks.

Despite these measures, tensions between China and other countries continue to escalate over concerns over cybersecurity and foreign influence on political processes. The Chinese Embassy in London denied involvement in these attacks but criticized sanctions imposed by Britain and America as unjustified interference in their internal affairs.

In recent years, several countries have been the target of cyber attacks carried out by hacker groups believed to be working on behalf of the Chinese government. According to the British Deputy Prime Minister, both the systems of the British Electoral Commission and private devices belonging to several parliamentarians were hacked in 2021 and 2022.…

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