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State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks: A Growing Threat to Global Security and Political Stability

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Understanding the Chinese hacking scandal

In recent weeks, three governments, including the UK, US, and New Zealand, have confirmed that their parliamentary servers had fallen victim to state-sponsored cyber attacks linked to China. The hackers primarily used phishing emails to gain access to personal data, passwords, and even internet routers of their victims.

The British Deputy Prime Minister revealed that both the British Electoral Commission’s systems and 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. This led the UK government to conclude that this demonstrated hostile intentions from China.

The US Department of Justice also released more details about the 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. 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.

Political decision-makers in all three countries were targeted by these attacks. The extent of these attacks on political figures is alarming with both the UK and US imposing sanctions on those involved. These sanctions were condemned by China who denied any interference in internal affairs while tensions between Britain and China continue to escalate over these issues.

The revelation has raised concerns about cybersecurity and protecting sensitive information across borders. Governments worldwide must take proactive measures to strengthen their cyber defenses against foreign threats and ensure their critical infrastructure is secure.

In conclusion, state-sponsored cyber attacks are becoming increasingly common across borders. Governments must work together to combat these threats and ensure that sensitive information remains protected from malicious actors who seek to exploit vulnerabilities for nefarious purposes.

By Samantha Nguyen

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