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UK and US Accuse Chinese State-linked Hackers of Cyber Attacks

China has been accused of a “malign” cyberattack on Britain after it allegedly accessed millions of voters’ personal details during a hack on the election watchdog.

The UK Government has recently expressed growing concerns about cyber hacking activities linked to China.

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.

In this interview TalkTV’s Peter Cardwell is joined by former Government adviser Guto Harri who insists leaks such as these ‘undermine’ the legitimacy of government in the UK.

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