Govt issues warning over Chinese cyber attacks

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab has this week condemned Chinese cyber attacks on telecoms, tech and governments, following announcements by the US Department of Justice and Malaysian law enforcement of criminal charges against Chinese nationals and arrests of Malaysian nationals.

The criminal charges indicate that Chinese linked actors are targeting super computers, communications companies and systems that allow home working, globally.

"Today we have another example of the Chinese using malicious cyber activity for criminal ends. We condemn the attempted attacks against governments and businesses. This kind of opportunistic and reckless behaviour in cyberspace is wholly unacceptable," Raab said.

"The UK will continue to counter those conducting such cyber attacks, and work with our allies to hold perpetrators to account."

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has produced practical advice for organisations on protecting against the threats outlined in the indictment, focused on:

mitigating malware and ransomware attacks;

phishing attacks;

multi-factor authentication for online services;

setting up two-factor authentication (2FA);

supply chain security guidance;

introduction to logging for security purposes;

10 steps to cyber security;

preventing lateral movement; and

End User Device (EUD) security guidance.

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