Britain was shocked after a 2020 report by Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee revealed the extent of Russian cyber activity in Britain. The report found that Russia had deployed a range of tools – cyber, disinformation, intelligence services – on British soil in an attempt to influence politics and public opinion and undermine security. The report’s authors claimed that Russians tried to influence the 2014 Scottish referendum vote, as well as the 2016 Brexit referendum.
Now security experts are increasingly worried that Beijing could unleash its army of hackers in an attempt to influence the outcome of the Tory leadership election.
Conservative Party members will be forced to choose between Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and former chancellor Rishi Sunak.
During the pre-election campaign, during televised debates, both candidates expressed different views on China.
The Foreign Secretary has taken a tough line on Beijing, while Mr Sunak has argued that it is in Britain’s interests to develop stronger ties with China to increase trade between the two countries.
Mr Sunak has consistently argued for closer ties with Beijing when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer.
In his annual Mansion House speech last year, he told his audience that the UK should strengthen its trade relationship with China.
He said. “Too often the debate lacks nuance, we need a mature and balanced relationship.”
The then chancellor argued that Britain could speak out against human rights abuses in Hong Kong and Xinjiang while still deepening economic ties with Beijing.
Ms Truss, however, believes the UK should forge closer ties with countries that share Britain’s democratic values and should not become “strategically dependent” on authoritarian countries such as China.
In an interview with Mail on Sunday, the Foreign Minister said: “We should not be strategically dependent on China. we have to be very careful in areas like technology that we don’t allow to be a threat against us.
“We need to work more with like-minded nations to build our resilience, and whether it’s in energy, whether it’s in food, what we can’t be depends on those authoritarian regimes.”
Last week, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) warned of “alliances” between hacking groups and foreign countries such as China, Russia and North Korea to form a “mixed threat” that would pose both criminal and national security challenges to the United States.
The Justice Department said Tuesday. “Criminal actors and nation-states form alliances of convenience, alliances of opportunity, and sometimes alliances by design.
“Today, some nation-states allow this criminal activity to continue with impunity, if not outright condoning, within their borders, turning a blind eye and safe haven to these cybercriminals.
“And the consequences of cyberattacks by criminals can have national security implications.”
The report highlighted Microsoft’s 2021 announcement of “nation-state cyber-intrusions” by a hacking group the company called Hafnium, which the DOJ deemed a “state-sponsored threat.”
Microsoft has said its Exchange server hacks were sponsored by the Chinese government, and the US attributed the activity to China’s Ministry of State Security last year.
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