Understanding the Chinese hacking scandal

Cyber Espionage on the Rise: How Governments and Political Figures are Being Targeted by State-Sponsored Cybercriminals

In recent years, there have been a series of cyber attacks that have targeted governments and political figures around the world. On Monday, the British Deputy Prime Minister confirmed to MPs in the House of Commons that both the British Electoral Commission’s systems and the private devices of several parliamentarians had been hacked. The cybercriminals responsible were believed to be working on behalf of the Chinese government, according to the National Center for Cybersecurity.

The US Department of Justice has also released more details about these cyber attacks, stating that the same hackers targeted multiple sectors in the USA, including the White House, judicial, commercial, and financial sectors, as well as several members of Congress from both parties.

In addition to these attacks on government entities and politicians, New Zealand’s Parliament server was also reportedly compromised by state-sponsored cyber activity linked to China. All three countries reported attacks that occurred in 2021 and 2022.

A public indictment from the US Department of Justice identified the hacker group responsible as “APT 31”, operating out of Wuhan, China. The group is linked to the Chinese Ministry of National Security and has targeted critics of the Communist Party as well as stealing business secrets.

It is believed that hackers primarily used phishing emails to gain access to personal data, passwords, and even internet routers of their victims. Political decision-makers were particularly targeted in all three countries. The extent of these attacks on political figures is alarming and has led to sanctions being imposed on those involved by both the UK and US governments.

The Chinese government has condemned these sanctions imposed by Western countries but denied any involvement in internal affairs. However, tensions between China and Western countries have escalated due to this incident which raises concerns about cybersecurity and protecting sensitive information.

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