China accused of hacking Ukraine days before Russian invasion

China has been accused of hacking Ukraine’s networks days before the Russian invasion.

According to intelligence memos obtained by the British daily The Times, Chinese hackers reportedly carried out cyberattacks on Ukrainian institutions and nuclear facilities in the run-up to Russia’s invasion. Thousands of hacking attempts were made against more than 600 websites, including the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence and other agencies.

According to a source from the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), cyberattacks began before the Winter Olympics had ended, and peaked on 23 February, the day before the Russian invasion, with the Chinese government coordinating the attacks.

The SBU, on the other hand, denied providing The Times with any information about the alleged attacks. ‘The SBU has nothing to do with the Times’ findings. The Ukrainian Security Service does not currently have such information, and no investigation is underway,’ according to The Guardian.