A very serious accusation in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic is the one outlined by the European Union (EU), after accusing China of being behind cyberattacks on hospitals in the community of the old continent.
The President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, stressed that the EU will not “tolerate” such malicious activity.
The accusations were made at the conclusion of an EU-China summit on Monday, June 22, which brought together European authorities and Council President Charles Michel with their Chinese counterparts, Prime Minister Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping, for video conference talks.
“We have seen cyberattacks in hospitals and dedicated computer centers,” said von der Leyen.
In early June, members of the NATO alliance issued a statement condemning “destabilizing and malicious cyber activities directed against those whose work is critical to the pandemic response, including health services, hospitals and research institutes.”
Even in April, the European Commission’s head of foreign affairs, Josep Borrell, said that “malicious cyber activities” had been reported across Europe’s healthcare sector, including phishing and malware distribution campaigns, scanning and denial of service activities. distributed.
In Prague, the Czech Republic, the first signs of a cyberattack had been delivered to the health infrastructure.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had even entered the debate about cyber attacks on Czech hospitals, but refrained from calling any particular state actor.
“We call on the actor concerned to refrain from engaging in harmful malicious cyber activities against the Czech Republic’s health system or similar infrastructure elsewhere,” he said.