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Norway Summons Chinese Ambassador Over ‘Unacceptable’ Hack Attack

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While Norway’s security service (PST) is still carrying on with their investigation of the IT attack, the country’s authorities have blamed the reported March attack on China, calling it an attack on Norwegian democracy.

Norway has accused China of a hack attack against Storting, the Norwegian parliament, that reportedly took place in March.

On 10 March, the Storting announced data breaches in its e-mail systems. The hack was performed through the exploitation of security holes in the Microsoft Exchange e-mail server.

“It is a serious attack that affected our most important democratic institution,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said, as quoted by national broadcaster NRK. “Several of our allies, the EU and Microsoft have also confirmed this. The Chinese authorities must prevent such attacks from taking place, so that similar incidents do not happen again,” Søreide added.

“All cyber operations leave different forms of traces, and then it is, among other things, our security services that make assessments of that and compile that information. And on the basis of this information, the government has made an assessment that the attack originated from China,” Søreide said.

Ine Eriksen Søreide said that her ministry summoned the Chinese ambassador to discuss the attack directly.

“That such malicious cyberactivity is allowed to take place is not in line with the norms for responsible state behaviour in the digital space that all UN member states have agreed upon. We have today summoned the Chinese ambassador and taken up the matter directly,” the foreign minister said.

Norway’s security service (PST) said their investigation of the IT attack was still ongoing. However, Storting President Tone Wilhelmsen Trøen called the attack on the Storting an attack on Norwegian democracy.

“The attack was unacceptable and very serious, and it must be expected that the Chinese authorities do what they can to prevent such IT attacks from happening,” Trøen said, calling for more international cooperation in order maintain a “well-functioning, open and stable democracy”.

Norway is not the only country to have accused China of computer attacks. Norway’s finger-wagging at China was supported by the EU, the UK, the US and NATO. The White House voiced its concern about China’s “irresponsible and destabilising behaviour in cyberspace”, whereas Director of Operations at the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre Paul Chichester” called it “another example of a malicious attack” and “completely unacceptable”.

In a statement to NRK, the Chinese embassy said there was reason to suspect political manipulation.

“We hope Norway can provide facts and evidence to find out the truth,” the embassy said.

Furthermore, it called China a defender of cyber security that has worked against this type of behaviour, opposing cyberattacks and cybertheft in all forms.

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This post originally posted here Norway Government & Politics News

Norway accuses Chinese hackers

Norway accuses Chinese hackers

Oslo [Norway], July 20 (ANI): The Norwegian government on Monday formally attributed a breach of email accounts associated with the Norwegian parliament to Chinese hackers involved in the exploitation of vulnerabilities in Microsoft’s Exchange Server.

The Norwegian parliament in March said that email systems had been breached as part of the Microsoft Exchange Server incident.

“This was a very serious incident affecting our most important democratic institution,” Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Soreide said in a statement. “Following a detailed intelligence assessment, it is our view that the vulnerabilities have been exploited by actors operating out of China.”Soreide confirmed that the Storting was a victim of this exploitation and that the Chinese Embassy had been contacted in order to “raise the issue directly.”The revelations come on the day the US and Western allies formally blamed China for a massive hack of Microsoft Exchange email server software and asserted that criminal hackers associated with the Chinese government have carried out ransomware and other illicit cyber operations.

The minister pointed to the attribution to China by allied nations as part of pushing back against the attack.

“We expect China to take this issue seriously, and to ensure that such incidents are not repeated,” Soreide stressed. “Allowing such malicious cyber activities to take place is in contradiction of the norms of responsible state behaviour endorsed by all UN Member States.”The compromise as part of the Microsoft Exchange Server vulnerabilities was not the first hacking incident to hit the Norwegian government in the past year.

The Storting announced in September that it had been hit by an “IT attack,” and that a small number of members of parliament and staff members, with data from these accounts successfully downloaded by the attackers. (ANI)

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Chinese home appliance giant Midea opens 1st store in Israel

Chinese home appliance giant Midea opens 1st store in Israel

Midea Group, a Chinese home appliance giant, opened its first store in Israel, Midea’s official Israeli importer Hemilton Group said, Trend reports citing Xinhua.

The new flagship store covers an area of 350 square meters in a shopping mall in the central city of Rehovot and offers refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, range hoods and more.

Midea’s products are already sold in Israel in sales areas within five Ace Hardware stores and by dozens of authorized resellers.

Founded in 1968 and headquartered in the southern Chinese city of Foshan, Midea Group operates in more than 200 countries and employs more than 150,000 people.

The new concept store in Israel also offers China’s tech giant Xiaomi’s products, which are also officially imported to Israel by Hemilton.

This includes mobile devices, vacuum cleaners, robot vacuums and scooters.

Xiaomi already operates four flagship stores in Israel, along with dozens of authorized resellers selling its products in the country.

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Australia on alert after ‘unusual’ military move from Chinese spy ships off its coast

Australia on alert after 'unusual' military move from Chinese spy ships off its coast

Australia is currently engaged in joint military exercises with the US military, ahead of a major missile launch on Sunday. However, the Australia Defence Force (ADF) has warned that a second Chinese spy ship is approaching Australia’s coast ahead of the joint exercises, known as Exercise Talisman Sabre. Defence officials are wary, claiming it is “unusual” that two Chinese high-tech surveillance ships monitor the country.

In fact, it marks the first time two intelligence ships have been deployed by Beijing.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has admitted he is very wary of the vessels which appear to be watching the Talisman Sabre 2021 war games off the coast of Queensland.

According to released photographs, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) general intelligence ship, the Haiwangxing, is approaching Australia’s east coast via the Solomon Sea.

Defence Minister Peter Dutton said the ADF had been monitoring the ship’s approach as part of a broader surveillance effort.

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He said: “Defence will continue to monitor the presence of these vessels.”

One military official said the Haiwanxing had been “on our radar for some time”.

As part of the fortnight-long joint exercises, the US has already fired a Patriot missile for the first time on Australian soil. 

The missile test saw a Patriot battery down a pair of drone aircraft on Friday. 

This comes as a recent poll suggested that more than four in 10 Australians are worried China may attack Australia. 

When the 603 people polled in Australia by the Australia Institute were asked whether they thought China would launch an armed attack on Australia, 6 percent said soon and 36 percent said some time – totalling 42 percent.

Earlier today, China responded to new US sanctions on Chinese officials following its crackdown in Hong Kong.

Beijing vowed to deal a “head-on blow” to the United States and slammed Washington DC for its “unprovoked smearing”. 

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US sanctions Chinese officials over Hong Kong democracy crackdown

The United States has imposed sanctions on seven Chinese officials over Beijing’s crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong. This is Washington’s latest effort to hold China accountable for what it calls an erosion of rule of law in the former British colony.

The sanctions, posted by the US Treasury Department on Friday, are aimed at individuals from China’s Hong Kong liaison office, used by Beijing to orchestrate its policies in the Chinese territory.

The seven people added to Treasury’s “specially designated nationals” list were Chen Dong, He Jing, Lu Xinning, Qiu Hong, Tan Tienui, Yang Jianping, and Yin Zonghua, all deputy directors at the liaison office, according to online data.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Chinese officials over the past year had “systematically undermined” Hong Kong’s democratic institutions, delayed elections, disqualified elected legislators from office, and arrested thousands for disagreeing with government policies.

“In the face of Beijing’s decisions over the past year that have stifled the democratic aspirations of people in Hong Kong, we are taking action. Today we send a clear message that the United States resolutely stands with Hong Kongers,” Blinken said in a statement.

The Treasury Department referred to a separate updated business advisory issued jointly with the departments of State, Commerce, and Homeland Security that highlighted US government concerns about the effect on international companies of Hong Kong’s national security law.

Critics say Beijing implemented that law last year to facilitate a crackdown on pro-democracy activists and a free press.

The advisory said companies face risks associated with electronic surveillance without warrants and the surrender of corporate and customer data to authorities, adding that individuals and businesses should be aware of the potential consequences of engaging with sanctioned individuals or entities.

The actions were announced just over a year after former President Donald Trump ordered an end to Hong Kong’s special status under US law to punish China for what he called “oppressive actions” against the territory.

The United States has already imposed sanctions on other senior officials, including Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and senior police officers, for their roles in curtailing political freedoms in the territory.

Hong Kong officials previously called those US sanctions “hostile acts of hegemony”.

Earlier on Friday, Xia Baolong, the director of China’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, was quoted by Hong Kong Free Press as saying that sanctions will “only evoke our anger”.

“You would only lift a rock and drop it heavily on your own feet. The long river of history has proven countless times that victory must belong to the indomitable Chinese people!” Xia said in a speech.

Also on Friday, Hong Kong’s national security police searched the University of Hong Kong’s student union, after the government and university officials denounced students for allegedly sympathising with a man who stabbed a police officer in early July.

Broken commitment

President Joe Biden said at a news conference on Thursday that the Chinese government had broken its commitment on how it would deal with Hong Kong since it returned to Chinese control in 1997.

China had promised universal suffrage as an ultimate goal for Hong Kong in its mini-constitution, the Basic Law, which also states the city has wide-ranging autonomy from Beijing.

Since China imposed the national security law to criminalise what it considers subversion, secessionism, terrorism or collusion with foreign forces, most pro-democracy activists and politicians have found themselves ensnared by it or arrested for other reasons.

Apple Daily, Hong Kong’s most vocal pro-democracy newspaper, was forced to end a 26-year run in June amid the crackdown that froze the company’s funds.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a news conference in Beijing before the actions were formally announced that the US should stop interfering in Hong Kong and that China would make a “resolute, strong response”.

US sanctions Chinese officials over Hong Kong democracy crackdownThe US has already imposed sanctions on other senior officials, including Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam and senior police officers, for their roles in curtailing political freedoms in the territory [Isaac Lawrence/AFP]

A source told the Reuters news agency on Thursday that the White House was also reviewing a possible executive order to facilitate immigration from Hong Kong but that it was still not certain to be implemented.

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is preparing a visit to Japan, South Korea and Mongolia next week. The State Department’s announcement of her trip made no mention of any stop in China, which had been anticipated in foreign policy circles and reported in some media.

A senior State Department official told reporters on Friday that Washington was still in talks with Beijing over whether Sherman would visit China.

The US government on Tuesday also strengthened warnings to businesses about the growing risks of having supply-chain and investment-links to China’s Xinjiang region, citing forced labour and human rights abuses there, which Beijing has denied.

“We hope that any additional US actions related to Hong Kong will remain targeted, and that Washington will avoid policy choices detrimental to Hong Kong’s people,” Anna Ashton, the vice president of government affairs at the US-China Business Council, said about the advisory issued on Friday.

The South China Morning Post newspaper also said that the latest decision was greeted with a “collective shrug” from analysts.

The Hong Kong-based news publication quoted former US Consul General in Hong Kong Richard Boucher as saying: “Every time there’s some news of China putting more pressure on Hong Kong, there’s commensurate pressure on the US side to do something. But they’re running out of things to do.”

Other analysts were also reported as saying that the move is more symbolic, as the US is “caught between pressure to respond to Beijing’s clampdown and a business community still seeking market access.”

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Meet AlphaDog: Chinese canine robot aiming to be man’s new best friend

Meet AlphaDog: Chinese canine robot aiming to be man's new best friend

Weilan’s latest creation can be assigned to safeguard people and properties, patrol communities, guide blind people and inspect high-risk places including machinery and pipes, and even undertake rescues.

“We are aware that our plan is crazy and absurd by any reasonable standard, but we are going to work really hard to make it happen,” says the company on its website.

“And the work we do will benefit humanity as well as people’s daily lives from Day One.”

Robots are already used to deliver parcels, serve in restaurants, offer information at stations and even take throat swabs for COVID-19 tests.

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