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State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks Target Political Decision Makers in Britain, America, and New Zealand: Exclusive Report on APT 31’s Campaign

Understanding the Chinese Hacking Scandal

State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks Target Political Decision Makers in Britain, America, and New Zealand: Exclusive Report on APT 31’s Campaign

The British Deputy Prime Minister has announced that both the British Electoral Commission’s systems and private devices of several parliamentarians were hacked. This was revealed to the MPs in the House of Commons, with the National Center for Cybersecurity stating that the cybercriminals behind the attacks were most likely working on behalf of the Chinese government.

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

The APT 31 hacker group, based out of Wuhan, China, has been identified as responsible for these attacks. 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, stealing business secrets, and using phishing emails to gain access to sensitive information from key sectors.

Political decision-makers in all three affected countries were targeted by this group, including members of cross-party committees dealing with China. The extent of these attacks raises concerns about cybersecurity and foreign interference in political affairs. Sanctions have been imposed on the hackers and their associated companies by both Britain and America.

China denies involvement in these cyber attacks and criticizes sanctions imposed by Britain and America. The Chinese Embassy in London stated that they do not interfere in internal affairs but suggested that current governments would be judged by people soon. The escalating tensions between these countries highlight growing concerns over cybersecurity and foreign influence on political processes.

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