A confidential document from the “Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution ” or BFV from Germany said that Chinese government hackers possessed a “large-scale cyber attack arsenal.”
According to DW News on Dec. 4, the BFV’s report revealed Chinese hackers tried to target the private emails of federal Members of parliament, political groups in Germany, the emails and websites of political parties, as well as federal and government defense employees.
Politician Margarete Bause said that the BFV alerted her to an attack plot involving not only parliament but also her own emails and those of her staff, her friends, and her family members.
This is not the first time BFV has warned about Chinese hackers. At the end of 2019, the BFV warned German companies about Chinese hacker cyberattacks, including major German companies such as BASF, Siemens, and Henkel.
In addition, in 2014, Der Spiegel reported that before the G20 summit in Russia in September 2013, several high-ranking German government officials and several senior bankers received emails containing viruses and “spyware.” The intelligence gathered by the spies was sent to China. The BFV pointed out that German government computers were heavily hacked in 2010, half of which came from China, sound of hope reported.
This summer, the US, the UK, and several EU countries jointly condemned China for cyberattacks that steal intellectual property, trade secrets, and information about infectious diseases.
The U.S. says that China has used hackers to conduct cyberattacks to maintain its interests. While Britain accused China of manipulating criminal groups to launch “penetrating attacks.”