Amnesty International Canada's secretary-general, Ketty Nivyabandi, said China and Hong Kong were behind the hack, and the first cyberattacks began on October 5. Ketty's words are confirmed by the American information security company Secureworks and, as evidence, cites an analysis of targeted information, tools and the behavior of hackers - everything indicates that a Chinese state group is behind the hack.
“As an organization that advocates for human rights around the world, we are well aware that we can become a target for states that want to disrupt our work or surreptitiously monitor it. This will not intimidate us,” Nivyabandi said.
“This fact of cyber espionage speaks to an increasingly dangerous context in which activists and journalists, as well as civil society, must navigate today. Our work to investigate these attacks is more important and relevant than ever. We will continue to highlight human rights violations wherever they occur, and condemn governments' use of digital surveillance," she added.
Amnesty International Canada has already taken steps to strengthen its security and has begun restoring systems to a safe mode. The good news was that the personal data of the members of the organization did not fall into the hands of the attackers.