Accusations of Cyber Espionage By Chinese Spy Agency Anger Australia, US, and UK

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Australia, along with the US and UK, has pointed the finger at a Chinese state-sponsored spy agency for engaging in cyber espionage activities. The accused group, APT40, allegedly conducted hacking operations on behalf of a branch of China's Ministry of State Security, according to the Australian Signals Directorate. The agency has accused the hackers of attempting to access sensitive networks through infiltrating old and forgotten computers, posing an ongoing threat to government and business networks.

Despite efforts to stabilize relations with China, Australia has issued direct accusations of malicious cyber espionage linked to a state-sponsored Chinese group for the first time. Analysts suggest that these allegations represent an escalation in international efforts to deter Beijing's cyber espionage activities. The Australian government has expressed concerns about the cyber domain becoming an area of conflict and espionage, emphasizing the importance of bolstering cyber capabilities for defense and non-defense purposes.

The accusations have sparked a diplomatic back-and-forth, with Beijing dismissing the claims as an attempt to smear and frame China on cybersecurity matters. Chinese officials have expressed firm opposition to the repeated focus on 'Chinese cyber attacks' in international discourse. Reports indicate that Australia has become a prime target for cyber criminals due to the stockpiling of sensitive information, leading to cyber-attacks on major ports, health insurers, and telecommunication companies in recent years. Additionally, New Zealand has previously blamed APT40 for a cyber-attack that compromised its parliamentary computer network in 2021.

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May 21, 2023 | 05:09