GCSB Minister Andrew Little says security officials worked through a robust technical attribution process to identify where the attacks originated. Photo / George Heard, File
GCSB Minister Andrew Little said that the foreign intelligence agency has established links between Chinese state-sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 (APT40) and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand.
He said the Government is joining other countries in strongly condemning what the Chinese Ministry of State Security has been doing both in New Zealand and globally.
"Separately, the GCSB has also confirmed Chinese state-sponsored actors were responsible for the exploitation of Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities in New Zealand in early 2021.
"We call for an end to this type of malicious activity, which undermines global stability and security, and we urge China to take appropriate action in relation to such activity emanating from its territory," Little said in a statement.
It reinforced the importance of organisations and individuals having strong cyber security measures in place, the minister said.