Chinese cyber attacks on telecoms, tech and governments continue
The UK has responded to the continued Chinese global cyber attacks that have targeted the telecoms and tech sector, as well as global governments.
UK Foreign Secretary responds to Chinese cyber threats
The Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, raised concerns over evidence that China is engaged in malicious cyber attacks against commercial, medical and academic institutions in July 2020.
In a government statement, Mr Raab condemned the ongoing attacks. He said:
“We have another example of the Chinese using malicious cyber activity for criminal ends. We condemn the attempted attacks against governments and businesses. This kind of opportunistic and reckless behaviour in cyberspace is wholly unacceptable.
“The UK will continue to counter those conducting such cyber attacks, and work with our allies to hold perpetrators to account.”
The Foreign Secretary’s response followed announcements by the US Department of Justice and Malaysian law enforcement on 16 September, when criminal charges against Chinese nationals and arrests of Malaysian nationals relating to malicious cyber attacks were made.
According to the UK Government website, the criminal charges indicate that Chinese-linked actors are targeting supercomputers, communications companies and systems that allow home working, in countries around the world.
At the beginning of April 2020, the National Cyber Security Centre reported that there had been an increasing number of malicious cyber attacks that aimed to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic.
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