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NZ Officials Summoned by Chinese Embassy Following Condemnation of Cyberattacks

The Chinese Embassy summoned New Zealand officials following the release of a joint international statement condemning Beijing’s involvement in malicious cyber activity. NZ Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta issued a statement after saying, “Areas of difference need not define our relationship, but we will continue to promote the things that we believe in and support the international rules-based system.” “Our relationship with China is one of our most significant, impacting a wide range of sectors and groups across Aotearoa New Zealand.” On July 19, Andrew Little, NZ’s minister for the Government Communications Security Bureau, issued a statement in the first-time coalition with ministers from Australia, the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, European Union, and NATO, to jointly condemned and expose Beijing’s “destabilising behaviour” in cyberspace. The statements publicly condemned and attributed blame to Beijing for ransomware attacks, cyber-enabled extortion, crypto-jacking, and rank theft from victims worldwide, all for financial gain. …

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