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Finnish Police Accuse APT31 of Cyber Attack on Parliament: Suspect Identified

The Finnish Parliament was the target of a in the fall of 2020, and the country's police have now formally accused China's APT31 of orchestrating the intrusion. The attack was first disclosed in December 2020, and the Finnish Security and Intelligence Service (Supo) described it as a state-backed operation designed to penetrate the Parliament's information systems.

The ongoing criminal investigation has been demanding and time-consuming, involving extensive analysis of a complex criminal infrastructure. However, the police have identified one suspect, and connections between the suspect and the APT31 group have been confirmed.

APT31, also known as Altaire, Bronze Vinewood, Judgement Panda, and Violet Typhoon, is a Chinese state-backed group that has been active since at least 2010. The group has been blamed for engaging in a widespread campaign targeting businesses, government officials, dissidents, and politicians in the UK and the US.

In the US, seven operatives associated with the group have been charged for their involvement in the spree. Two of them, Ni Gaobin and Zhao Guangzong, have been sanctioned by the US and UK, alongside a company named Wuhan XRZ, which allegedly served as a cover for orchestrating cyber attacks against critical infrastructure.

Earlier this year, in July 2021, the US and its allies implicated APT31 in a widespread campaign exploiting zero-day security flaws in Microsoft Exchange servers to likely ” acquire personally identifiable information and .”

China has responded to accusations that it is behind the campaign targeting the West. It has accused the Five Eyes (FVEY) alliance of spreading “disinformation about the threats posed by the so-called ‘Chinese .'” China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Lin Jian, has urged the US and UK to stop politicizing issues and stop cyberattacks against China.

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