European & American Hackers Attack China

Chinese cyber security experts say that a hacking group, which draws its principal members from Europe and North America, has been launching cyber attacks against China, posing a serious threat to the China's national cyber security.

The hacking group, which has been named Against The West (ATW), is claimed by Chinese sources to have exposed sensitive information, including source code and databases of critical information systems related to China. 

Since last year, ATW has intensified large-scale intrusion, detection and supply chain attacks on Chinese networks. These exploits have happened more than 70 times since 2021, involving some 300 information systems of more than 100 important government agencies, aviation and critical infrastructure.

Through long-term tracking, cyber security experts from Pangu Lab found that the active members of ATW are  engaged in programming and network engineer-related occupations and they are located in Switzerland, France, Poland, and Canada. 

China has itself been launching cyber attacks on both its allies and competitors, the countries targeted including Russia, US, Iran and S. Korea. In 2022 Chinese state-sponsored hacking group successfully compromised the computer networks of at least six US state governments.

These hacking attacks have been going on for some time by different countries against others. In 2021 the Biden administration organised a broad group of allies to condemn Beijing for cyber attacks around the world but stopped short of taking concrete punitive steps. 

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said at the time that China’s Ministry of State Security “has fostered an ecosystem of criminal contract hackers who carry out both state-sponsored activities and cyber crime for their own financial gain.” 

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