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Hacker attack blocks Xinjiang debate

The Belgian parliament had to postpone a planned debate on human rights crimes in Xinjiang until mid-May on Tuesday due to a hacker attack. The hearing of a former Uyghur camp inmate had to be canceled after the local network operator Belnet was paralyzed by a massive cyber attack. In addition to the House of Commons, the digital infrastructure of the Belgian government and various public institutions were also affected. The attack from an as yet unknown source continued until Wednesday. Green politician Wouter de Vriendt pointed to the overlap in time between the attack and the parliamentarians’ Xinjiang debate and warned against naivety.

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