What happened: Califorinia-based cybersecurity firm FireEye said that Chinese hackers may be targeting Malaysian enterprises and state agencies. Malaysia is currently revising several projects made with China under the BRI worth billions of dollars. FireEye noted that cyber espionage activities were increasing throughout Southeast Asia as China-based groups and others are trying to get more information on BRI deals.
Why it’s important: FireEye has earlier reported that Chinese cyber espionage groups are targeting the US, especially agencies working on the South China Sea dispute. Belarus, Maldives, Cambodia, and European foreign ministries are among other possible targets.