China’s Cyber Espionage: How Political Systems Were Compromised in UK, USA and NZ

Understanding the Chinese Hacking Scandal

The British Deputy Prime Minister has confirmed to MPs in the House of Commons that both the British Electoral Commission’s systems and private devices of several parliamentarians were hacked. This was revealed by the National Center for Cybersecurity, who stated that the cybercriminals behind the attacks were most likely working on behalf of the Chinese government. These attacks took place between 2021 and 2022, and were not limited to the UK.

The US Department of Justice also reported that these same hackers conducted cyber attacks in the USA, targeting various government departments and members of Congress. New Zealand government also confirmed that their Parliament server was a victim of state-sponsored cyber activity attributed to China. The escalating tensions between these countries highlight the growing concern over cybersecurity and foreign influence on political processes.

The hacker group responsible for these attacks was identified 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 responsible for cyber operations targeting critics of the Communist Party and stealing business secrets. The group used phishing emails to gain access to sensitive information from companies in key sectors.

Political decision-makers in all three affected countries, including members of cross-party committees dealing with China, were targeted by the hackers. The extent of these attacks has raised concerns about cybersecurity and foreign interference in political affairs. Sanctions were imposed on the hackers and their associated companies by both governments in an effort to prevent further attacks.

China denied involvement in these cyber attacks and criticized sanctions imposed by other countries. However, tensions continue to escalate as concerns over cybersecurity and foreign influence on political processes grow stronger across all affected nations.

Overall, this incident highlights the need for stronger measures against state-sponsored cyberattacks and greater cooperation between governments in order to protect sensitive information from falling into malicious hands.

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