According to Agence France-Presse, yesterday, on Wednesday, Beijing condemned the Dutch government's accusation that “Chinese government agencies” were conducting an espionage campaign against the Netherlands, calling it “false accusations.”
The Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Service announced in a statement the discovery of malicious software planted in computer networks used by its military, blaming responsibility for it on a Chinese government entity.
Reuters reported on Tuesday that two Dutch intelligence agencies, known as “MAVD” and “AIVD”, reported that hackers had developed complex malware that hid their activity within the ministry's network.
“China uses this type of malware to spy on computer networks. The malware was developed specifically for FortiGate devices, which organizations use as firewalls on their systems,” the two agencies said in a joint statement. Do this, and the manufacturer Fortinet supplies this product worldwide.” ,
According to Reuters, this is the first time that the Netherlands has announced China's involvement in electronic espionage activity, as national security-related tensions rise between Beijing and The Hague.
In response, Agence France-Presse reported the response of the Chinese Embassy in The Hague, which stressed that Beijing “always firmly opposes and confronts cyber attacks in all forms in accordance with the law.” “We will not allow any country or individual to engage in such illegal activities using Chinese infrastructure,” the embassy said in a statement on its website. “China opposes any malicious speculations and false accusations,” the statement added, adding that cyber security is “a common challenge for all countries.”
According to Dutch intelligence services, the software was found in a network that carries out unclassified research and development work.
According to Agence France-Presse, the United States recognized China as “the greatest, most active and persistent threat of electronic espionage” to its government and private sector.
Last month, Washington said it had dismantled a Chinese-based hacking network dubbed “Volt Typhoon” and accused it of penetrating sensitive US infrastructure networks with the aim of disrupting them in the event of conflict .
Beijing dismissed the allegations as “false” and noted what it said was the United States' history of cyber espionage.