FROM EIR DAILY ALERT
Britain Blames Chinese Intelligence for Cyber Attacks, as Empire’s Washington Pawns Join In
Dec. 20, 2018 (EIRNS)—Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt blamed China today for a campaign of global cyber attacks aimed at stealing business secrets from the U.K. and allied countries. He made his wild statement in the name of “the U.K. and its allies” (not named, but suspected of having “five eyes” among them), and charged that China is not only violating “commitments” made to the U.K., but “also inconsistent with G20 commitments.”
As has become usual, this latest charge by Her Majesty’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office is also based on an assessment “with the highest level of probability,” reached, Hunt reported, by the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), “along with its allies.” On those unproven, “probable” grounds, Hunt charged China with carrying out “malicious ... targeting trade secrets and economies around the world” through a group known as “APT10” acting on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security.
Meanwhile, in Washington, the Justice Department has charged two Chinese nationals, Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong, with cyber crimes, citing the threat they pose to national security. These Chinese nationals, whom the Department of Justice believes are working in association with the country’s government as part of a the APT10 hacking group, are accused of stealing information from at least 45 U.S. tech companies and government agencies, including NASA, the U.S. Navy, and the Department of Energy, according to Michigan digital industry news agency MITechNews, today.