Alert: APT 31 Targets Parliamentarians and Government Departments in UK, US, and NZ in State-Sponsored Cyber Attacks.

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. The National Center for Cybersecurity revealed that 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 also confirmed that the same hackers targeted various government departments and members of Congress in the USA. Additionally, New Zealand government 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 raised concerns about cybersecurity and foreign interference in political affairs. Sanctions were imposed on

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