Belgium’s government has made an official announcement that Beijing has launched cyberattacks against a prominent member of the nation’s parliament, labeling the activity a “Crime against humanity.” Samuel Cogolati is the MP who was targeted in the spear phishing attack by Chinese state actor “APT31”, but the latter condemned the accusations as baseless.
As for the other news, the Xi-Jinping led nation has eased some data security policies for multinational companies doing business in their nation.
Earlier, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) published strict measures for companies making investments, making it mandatory for them to establish data farms in business relationships. Therefore, companies operating in the region must ensure that they store the data generated in the same region and never transfer that information to foreign servers.
As of now, Chinese regulators have eased some policies for foreign investors from March 1, 2023, as they do not need any explanation or extensive proof to get government approval for the flow, storage, and safety of user data.
Each time, the West has targeted countries like China and Russia for digital invasions into critical infrastructure operating in their nations, and sometimes obtained evidence. But in most cases, their accusations turned out to be unfounded, since they did not present the right evidence at the right time.
For example, it happened with the 2016 polls that were supposedly influenced by Putin, and they ultimately tilted in favor of then-President Donald Trump. However, there was not enough evidence to prove it, leading to political tension between the two countries.
They downplayed this incident internationally for lack of evidence. And the only rumor was in the Western media that it was eventually labeled political witchcraft by both Beijing and Moscow.