China denies responsibility for Airbus cyber attacks

China's Foreign Ministry reiterated a denial of involvement in cyber attacks on Friday.

This is after French news agency, AFP, published a report that linked recent attacks on planemaker Airbus to China.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang addressed the matter at a daily media briefing. He said: "China resolutely opposes any form of cyber attack". He added: "Recent reports are irresponsible, unprofessional, and have ulterior motives".

A series of cyber attacks on Airbus in the past few months was conducted via the computer systems of its suppliers and security sources suspect a link to China, AFP reported on Thursday.

An Airbus spokesman said the company was "aware of cyber events" and like any major high-tech industrial player it is a target for "malicious acts".

Airbus "continuously monitors" such threats through detection systems and can take "immediate and appropriate measures to protect itself at all times," he said.

Source: Reuters Beijing, 27 September 2019

Reporting: Gabriel Crossley

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