China denies hacking Kenyan state agencies
Kenya's embassy in China has refuted a Reuters report that said Chinese hackers attacked important governmental institutions in Nairobi, including the president, to determine if the nation would pay billions of dollars in debt to Beijing.
According to Reuters, years-long cyberattacks began in 2019 when the Chinese began cutting off financing to Kenya as debt pressures became apparent.
The Chinese embassy, however, referred to the report as "far-fetched and sheer nonsense" in a statement released on Wednesday.
"Hacking is a common threat to all countries, and China is also a victim of cyber-attack," it continued.
According to the embassy, it is a very delicate political matter to accuse a particular administration of a cyberattack in the absence of concrete proof.
It claims that mutual respect is the basis of the relationships between Kenya and China.
Reportedly, Kenya has reduced its borrowing from China. It owed the nation in southeast Asia $6.31 billion (£5.8 billion) as of March.