China has said that the country strongly opposes the “slanderous” accusations that were made by the United States of America, Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary of the United Kingdom, and other nations, which criticised the country for making use of cyber hacks for “economic espionage.”
Yesterday, the government of the United Kingdom said that a group that is known as the APT 10 acted on the behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security in order to carry out a “malicious” cyber campaign that specifically targets the intellectual property and commercial information in Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Hunt said that the campaign was focused on large-scale service providers. He also released a warning that the group is continuing to target global firms in an attempt to steal various business secrets.
China also urged the United States of America to withdraw the charges against two Chinese citizens, who are known to have operated within the APT 10. It added that the country had never participated in or supported any form of stealing of commercial secrets.
It stated: “We urge the U.S. side to immediately correct its erroneous actions and cease its slanderous smears relating to internet security.” It added that it would be takinge the necessary measures in order to safeguard its own interests and cybersecurity.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the United Kingdom and other countries had also made “slanderous comments” that are coming from “ulterior motives.”
Yesterday, Hunt stated: “This campaign is one of the most significant and widespread cyber intrusions against the UK and allies uncovered to date, targeting trade secrets and economies around the world.”
He added: “Our message to governments prepared to enable these activities is clear: together with our allies, we will expose your actions and take other necessary steps to ensure the rule of law is upheld.”