Tokyo, NFAPost: The National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center (CNCERT/CC) of China, a cybersecurity technical centre that leads efforts to prevent and detect cybersecurity threats to the country, cited that China has experienced continuous cyberattacks since last month in which internet addresses in the United States have been used to seize control of Chinese computers to target Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

“Monitoring by the CNCERT/CC found that since late February, China’s internet has continuously faced cyberattacks from abroad. These overseas groups attacked by taking control of computers in the country to carry out cyberattacks on Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. After analysis, most the addresses for these attacks came from the United States,” it quoted, adding that a few came from other countries such as Germany and the Netherlands.

Around 87% of China’s cyberattacks are directed at Russia. Research revealed a Chinese state-sponsored hacker gang successfully hacked the computer networks of at least six US state governments between May 2021 and February this year. A hacking group APT41 allegedly exploited vulnerabilities in web applications to gain access to state government networks.

Cyberattacks have been a major point of tension between the United States and its allies and China, as the former have accused China of carrying out a global cyberespionage campaign. China says that it does not engage in cyberattacks and has called such allegations “malicious smears”.

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