UK warns of Chinese global cyber attacks

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The UK government has today warned British companies of potential Chinese cyberattacks and that they should have protocols in place to protect themselves.

Following announcements by the US Department of Justice and Malaysian law enforcement today of criminal charges against Chinese nationals and arrests of Malaysian nationals relating to malicious cyber attacks, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “Today 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 criminal charges indicate that Chinese linked actors are targeting supercomputers, communications companies and systems that allow home working, in countries around the world.

The Foreign Secretary also raised concern over evidence that China is engaged in malicious cyberattacks against commercial, medical and academic institutions on 22 July 2020.

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