Dominic Raab said he is “deeply concerned” by claims two Chinese men targeted a number of global entitles as part of a hacking campaign stretching more than 10 years, which includes a British artificial intelligence firm and those working to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
The US has accused Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi of hacking into hundreds of computer systems of companies, governments and organisations across the world, stealing “hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of trade secrets, intellectual property and other valuable business information”.
I am deeply concerned by the evidence announced yesterday that China is engaged in malicious cyber attacks against commercial, medical and academic institutions, including those working to respond to the coronavirus pandemic
American prosecutors claim the pair, who met at university, operated from China both for their own gain and with the assistance of and for the benefit of the Chinese government’s Ministry of State Security.
The unnamed British company is referred to as an “artificial intelligence and cancer research firm” which is believed to have had its network compromised in April this year.
It is listed in court documents among 25 known cases, largely from the US but also including targets in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, South Korea, Sweden.
“I am deeply concerned by the evidence announced yesterday that China is engaged in malicious cyber attacks against commercial, medical and academic institutions, including those working to respond to the coronavirus pandemic,” Mr Raab said.
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“Our message to governments prepared to enable these activities is clear: the UK will continue to counter those conducting such cyber attacks, and work with our allies to hold perpetrators to account and deter further malicious activity around the world.”