Targeting of Belgian member of Parliament
Date of report
  • March 2023
Chinese actor Zirconium targeted a Belgian MP, Samuel Cogolati, with a spear-phishing attack. The attack came soon after Cogolati authored a resolution condemning the crimes against humanity committed against Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region.
Suspected victims
  • Samuel Cogolati, Belgian MP
Suspected state sponsor
  • China
Type of incident
  • Espionage
Target category
  • Government
Victim government reaction
  • Yes
Policy response
Suspected state sponsor response