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China Hacked Ministry of Defence

MPs will be told of a massive data breach involving the Ministry of Defence later today, targeting service personnel.

As Sky News reports China has reportedly hacked the UK Ministry of Defence, resulting in a major data breach.

Officials in the MoD building have been scrambling over the weekend after it discovered a cyberattack on a payroll system for existing service personnel and some veterans.

MPs will be told about the MoD data breach, but China will not be named. It’s understood that preliminary investigations suggest that no data was taken, and that the payroll system that was breached isn’t part of the MoD’s main computer system.

The Chinese have responded by saying the claims are absurd.

Beijing a ‘Constant and Sophisticated’ Threat to Western Cybersecurity

This is yet another development in what is an increasingly troubled relationship with China, who is a ‘constant and sophisticated‘ threat to western cybersecurity.

As UK Authority reports The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has identified organisations affiliated to the Chinese state as the source of two series of cyber attacks on democratic institutions in the UK.

It said it is “highly likely” that a Chinese entity was responsible for an attack on Electoral Commission systems in 2021-22 and “almost certain” that a group labelled Advanced Persistent Threat Group 31 (APT31) conducted reconnaissance activity against UK parliamentarians in 2021.

In recent months, reports have surfaced indicating a rise in cyber hacking incidents targeting UK government agencies and critical infrastructure. These attacks have been attributed to state-sponsored actors based in China, raising concerns about national security and data protection.

The UK Government has taken a proactive stance in addressing these cyber threats. Officials have issued warnings about the heightened risk of cyber attacks originating from China and have urged organizations to bolster their cybersecurity measures.

The implications of these cyber hacking activities are far-reaching. They not only pose a threat to sensitive government information but also jeopardize the privacy and security of individuals and businesses. The potential for data breaches and espionage is a significant concern.

As the UK Government continues to monitor and respond to cyber threats from China, it is essential for all stakeholders to prioritize cybersecurity and remain vigilant against potential attacks. Collaboration between government agencies, private sector entities, and cybersecurity experts is crucial in safeguarding national interests and data integrity.

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