The United Kingdom has accused China of cyberattacks

The British government formally blamed China on Monday for a series of cyber attacks on Britain's democratic institutions.

Speaking in the House of Commons, UK Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden said "Chinese state-linked entities" were behind two separate "malicious" attacks on the UK's election watchdog and lawmakers. In response, Britain imposed sanctions on two individuals and summoned the Chinese ambassador for reprimand. Beijing reacted angrily to those statements, calling them "slander."