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Chinese Hackers Accessed Personal Data of Millions of British Voters: Ministers

Monday 25 March 2024
Chinese Hackers Accessed Personal Data of Millions of British Voters: Ministers

Alwaght- Hackers from China may appear to have gained access to personal information of millions of British voters, government ministers have warned. 

The British government says those affected could include members of parliament, according to the Guardian. 

Ministers will set out full details on Monday, with the deputy prime minister, Oliver Dowden, expected to tell parliament that Beijing is behind this wave of cyber-attacks. 

The attacks on the Electoral Commission took place in August 2021 but were only revealed last year, according to the BBC. 

Acknowledging the attacks last August, the Electoral Commission said unspecified "hostile actors" had gained access to copies of the electoral registers and broken into its emails and "control systems", but added that it had neither had any impact on any elections nor anyone's registration status. 

Linking the attackers to China would be an escalation in the diplomatic tension between the two countries, BBC suggested. 

Britain is poised to sanction those believed to be involved in Chinese state-backed interference, after deputy prime minister Oliver Dowden sets out details about the alleged incident later on Monday. 

China is yet to react to the claims. 

The Western governments have long accused China of cyber-attacks, but Beijing regularly rejects their allegations.

Earlier in February, the US said it thwarted a Chinese cyber threat. The cyber-attacks were meant to damage civilian infrastructure, according to AP. 

Axios news website at the time warned the critical US infrastructure "are not ready yet to face China’s cyber threat" however. 

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