Report: Suspected Chinese Hackers Spied on Governments, NGOs, Media

Report: Suspected Chinese Hackers Spied on Governments, NGOs, Media
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The Facts

  • Cybersecurity company Recorded Future has released a report claiming that Beijing has sponsored a hacking group named RedAlpha, which spied on governments, NGOs, think tanks, and media over the past three years.

  • The report suggests that RedAlpha – which is alleged to have historically targeted Chinese minorities, including the Tibetan and the Uyghur communities – has carried out spoofing attacks on several organizations allegedly related to Chinese strategic interests.

The Spin

Pro-China narrative

China's model of hiring private contractors to carry out espionage operations is reaching a dangerous trend in the cybersecurity world. As Chinese campaigns have become more aggressive, numerous, and sophisticated, Beijing's control over hackers - who operate like franchises - is collapsing, posing a threat to global cybersecurity.

Anti-China narrative

China fiercely defends cybersecurity, opposing all forms of hacking activities and urging global efforts to improve it. Yet, Western countries continue to carry out a defamation campaign against Beijing, making baseless claims that China is involved in cyber attacks. This Cold War attitude must be rejected and replaced with a cooperative approach to making global cyberspace safer.

Nerd narrative

There's a 27% chance that China will make a successful cyberattack on Taiwanese critical infrastructure before December 31, 2022, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

Establishment split



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