By Adrie van der Luijt
Director of Finance Online
03 May 2008
The Belgian government has warned of Chinese cyber attacks on its
Justice minister Jo Vandeurzen said on Friday that the national
intelligence service had traced attacks on governmental computer systems
back to China.
So-called spyware - software used to obtain information from computers
without authorisation - was found attached to emails sent to Belgium
"China is especially interested in Belgium, not just because we host the
headquarters of both NATO and the European Union, but because of our
ties with Africa," the minister said.
China obtains vast quantities of natural resources from Africa to fuel
its booming industries.
The Dutch national intelligence service reported last week that similar
attacks on high-security IT systems had taken place in The Netherlands.
These attacks were also traced back to China and focused on information
related to the energy sector.
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