New Zealand officials summoned by the Chinese embassy after being accused of cyber attacks


The Chinese embassy has summoned New Zealand authorities following the release of a joint international statement condemning Beijing’s involvement in malicious cyber activities.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said, “The realm of difference does not have to define our relationship, but it promotes what we believe and continues to support an international rule-based system.” Later, I issued a statement.

“Our relationship with China is one of our most important and affects a wide range of sectors and groups throughout New Zealand’s Aotearoa.”

On July 19, Andrew Little, Minister of Government Communications Security Bureau in New Zealand, issued a joint condemnation statement in the first coalition with Ministers of Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, the European Union and NATO. did. Reveals Beijing’s “unstable behavior” in cyberspace.

The statement publicly accused Beijing of ransomware attacks, cyber-responsive blackmail, crypto jacks, and rank theft from victims around the world, all for financial gain.

He also accused Beijing’s Department of Homeland Security for involving third-party hackers to carry out these activities.

Said a little His statement“NZ is joining other countries today, both in New Zealand and around the world, to strongly condemn this malicious activity carried out by the Chinese Ministry of Homeland Security (MSS).”

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Minister Andrew Little speaks to the media on December 1, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand (Hagen Hopkins / Getty Images)

“Apart from this, the GCSB also confirmed that the Microsoft Exchange vulnerability was exploited in New Zealand in early 2021 by a state-owned official in China,” he added.

“We call for the end of this kind of malicious activity that undermines the stability and security of the world, and urges China to take appropriate action regarding such activity emanating from its territory.”

The New Zealand-based embassy issued its own statement the day after calling on New Zealand to abandon its “Cold War spirit” and tackle all challenges through “dialogue and cooperation.”

New Zealand opposition leader Judith Collins warned that he needed to prepare for possible retaliation.

“Obviously, China is likely to somehow retaliate against New Zealand when it comes to trade … we’ll probably see something,” he said. She talked to RNZ.. “And thanks to what happened in Australia, you know that.”

Australia has endured a year of economic coercion from Beijing in response to a call from Foreign Minister Marise Payne for an independent investigation into the origin of COVID-19.

Beijing has instigated a series of bans, suspensions, or new tariffs on Australia’s exports of coal, beef, barley, red shrimp, lumber, lamb, cotton, etc. to China.

The New Zealand government and businesses are keen to avoid a similar fate and have pursued a quiet diplomatic approach to dealing with Beijing while implementing new initiatives to strengthen national security.

However, this approach has been criticized by New Zealand-based Chinese expert Anne-Marie Brady as “too subtle” for international partners to notice.

In recent months, the New Zealand government has addressed Beijing, including a May joint statement warning Australia and New Zealand to foreign actors trying to “split” the two countries, and Little’s recent statement on Beijing’s cyberattack. The criticism is more publicized.