London accuses China of cyberattacks

UK government accuses China of cyber attacks on democratic institutions and parliamentarians

In London, the British government has accused Beijing’s leadership of being responsible for two major cyber attacks in Great Britain. Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden made this announcement in the House of Commons, confirming that actors linked to the Chinese state were behind the attacks, which targeted democratic institutions and parliamentarians. This pattern of hostile behavior from China is a cause for concern.

Two individuals associated with a group known as APT 31 have been sanctioned in connection with these cyber attacks. It is believed that this group, linked to the Chinese state, targeted British parliamentarians in espionage activities in 2021, although these attempts were thwarted. The British Electoral Commission was also a target of a complex cyber attack in 2021 and 2022, but the attack was unsuccessful.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has described this situation as an “epochal challenge” when it comes to China. However, China has denied these allegations, stating that they are actually a main victim of cyber attacks themselves. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman emphasized the complexity and sensitivity of investigating cyber attacks and called for objective evidence rather than baseless accusations against other countries. China hopes to put an end to the spread of false information in this regard.

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