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Britain accuses China of spying; hacking emails and lawmakers’ data – Times of India

Britain has reportedly accused Chinese hackers of trying to break into email accounts of British lawmakers who were critical of China. According to a report in Reuters, a separate Chinese entity was behind a hack of its electoral watchdog that compromised millions of people’s data. Britain cited a “clear and persistent pattern of behaviour,” accusing China of cyberattacks targeting critical lawmakers and the country’s electoral watchdog
Lawmaker Emails: Hackers reportedly tried to breach email accounts of British politicians critical of China.The UK responded with sanctions against two individuals and a company linked to the APT31 hacking group, believed to be backed by the Chinese state.
Electoral Commission Breach: A separate unidentified Chinese group is accused of compromising the data of millions through an attack on the Electoral Commission in 2021-2022.
China Denies Allegations
The Chinese embassy in London vehemently rejected the claims, calling them “fabricated” and “slanders.”
Delicate Balancing Act
Britain seeks to counter Chinese security threats while maintaining economic ties and cooperation on climate change. Concerns are rising in Britain about alleged Chinese espionage, especially before a potential upcoming general election.
Global Trend
This incident reflects heightened tensions between Western powers and China regarding cyberespionage. Similar incidents have been reported in the US and the Netherlands, as reported by Reuters