Cyberattacks by Chinese Government on UK, US and NZ Parliament Servers: A Tale of Hostile Intentions and International Conflict

Understanding the Chinese Hacking Scandal

In a stunning revelation, the British Deputy Prime Minister announced 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 National Center for Cybersecurity confirmed that the cybercriminals behind the attacks were most likely working on behalf of the Chinese government, sending a clear signal of hostile intentions from China.

The US Department of Justice also revealed that the same hackers had conducted cyber attacks in America, targeting various government departments and members of Congress. The New Zealand government also confirmed that their Parliament server was a victim of state-sponsored cyber activity attributed to China. These attacks took place between 2021 and 2022.

The US Department of Justice identified the hacker group 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 the attacks on these individuals has raised concerns about cybersecurity and foreign interference in political affairs. Sanctions were imposed on the hackers and their associated companies by both the British and US governments.

China denied involvement in the cyber attacks and criticized the sanctions imposed by Britain and America. The Chinese Embassy in London stated that they do not interfere in internal affairs of other countries and suggested that current governments would be judged by their actions soon. As tensions escalate between these countries, growing concern over cybersecurity and foreign influence on political processes remains at an all-time high.

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