China proposes to “collaborate” in investigation into cyberattack targeting Cned

The first week of reconfinement had been disrupted for the students using the Cned platform to follow their lessons by a cyberattack located in China or Russia.

Pointed out, China declared itself Tuesday, April 13 “willing to collaborateWith Paris to investigate the recent cyberattacks targeting the platform “My class at home” of Cned, a French public body for distance education.

These attacks were perpetrated from Russia and China, AFP learned on Monday from a source familiar with the matter, who stressed, however, that this did not necessarily mean that the perpetrators were Russian or Chinese.

After the announcement of the closure of schools in France to curb the Covid-19 epidemic, schoolchildren, college and high school students resumed distance learning last Tuesday for a week. But as was the case in 2020, the ENT (Digital Work Spaces) and Cned (National Center for Distance Learning) sites, used by the Ministry of National Education for online education, have been massively disturbed in several regions. The Minister of Education Jean-Michel Blanquer had evoked from Tuesday April 6 a “very strong computer attack from abroad», Without further details.

«China still opposes all forms of cyberattackA spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian, reacted Tuesday at a press conference. “Tracing its origin is very complicated. Often the country (identified as the) source of the attack is not the country from which the attack was launched.», He underlined. “If the French authorities need to investigate and provide the necessary data, China stands ready, on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, to cooperate to jointly respond to the threat posed by hackers.».

Faced with the cyberattacks of last week, the Cned had mentioned “deliberate malicious acts“. The Paris prosecutor’s office announced on Wednesday April 7 the opening of an investigation. The ENTs, managed by local authorities, were also disrupted last week in several regions due to an influx of connections, which earned the Minister of Education criticism over insufficient preparation for teaching in distance.

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