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Unprecedented Cyber Attacks Target Political Figures in UK, US and NZ: What They Mean for Cybersecurity and Diplomacy

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 27, 2024
Understanding the Chinese Hacking Scandal

On Monday, the British Deputy Prime Minister announced to the MPs in the House of Commons that both the British Electoral Commission’s systems and private devices of several parliamentarians were hacked. According to the National Center for Cybersecurity, the cybercriminals behind the attacks were most likely working on behalf of the Chinese government. This was seen as a clear signal of hostile intentions from China.

The US Department of Justice has revealed that the same hackers also conducted cyber attacks in America, targeting various government departments and members of Congress. The New Zealand government has 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 these attacks on these individuals has raised concerns about cybersecurity and foreign interference in political affairs. Sanctions were imposed on these hackers and their associated companies by both Britain and America.

China denied involvement in these cyber attacks and criticized sanctions imposed by Britain and America on its citizens working overseas or involved in state-sponsored activities abroad. The Chinese Embassy in London stated that they do not interfere in internal affairs of other countries but highlighted growing concern over foreign influence on political processes through technology means.

These incidents highlight how governments worldwide are facing increasing threats from foreign actors trying to manipulate political processes or steal sensitive information through cyberspace activities. As such, it is imperative for nations to invest heavily in cybersecurity measures to protect critical infrastructure from such threats while maintaining diplomatic relations with other states without resorting to aggressive measures like imposing sanctions or engaging in espionage activities.

By Samantha Johnson

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