Beijing's role in cyberattack on UK Defense Ministry

French director Luc Besson shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping next to French President Emmanuel Macron during Xi's visit to France at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 6
French director Luc Besson shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping next to French President Emmanuel Macron during Xi's visit to France at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 6

China is believed to be responsible for a cyberattack on British Defense Ministry’s (MoD) payroll database, which compromised the personal information of current servicemembers and certain veterans, including their names and bank details, Sky News reported on May 7.

Today, British lawmakers will be briefed on a significant data breach. While the government has not officially attributed the attack to any specific nation, Sky News anticipates accusations against Beijing for allegedly conducting two or three hacking attempts targeting MoD personnel.

The Ministry has confirmed that all salaries will be disbursed as scheduled this month and has extended assistance and guidance to current personnel.

The extent of the recently uncovered breach has been under evaluation for at least three days. Investigations thus far indicate that no data has been compromised.

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"This serves as another illustration of why the UK government must acknowledge that China represents a systemic threat to the UK and revise the integrated review accordingly", said Sir Iain Duncan Smith, a Conservative MP and former soldier who has faced sanctions from China, in an interview with Sky News.

"No more pretense, it's a malign actor, providing support to Russia with both financial aid and military equipment, while collaborating with Iran and North Korea in what appears to be a new axis of totalitarian states," stated Iain Duncan Smith.

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