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CNN —British lawmakers have been warned to be on alert for cyber-attacks and possible harassment from Iranian operatives, according to correspondence sent to lawmakers in both the upper and lower chambers last month.
The correspondence is part of a growing chorus of warnings about the potential actions of Iranian operatives in Britain as tensions rise between the two countries.
Earlier in the month, UK lawmakers received guidance on how to prevent digital snooping.
Iran has sanctioned several UK lawmakers, including the country’s security minister.
Iranian security forces have also allegedly threatened journalists working in Britain.
Madrid-based human rights campaigner Safeguard Defenders says it found evidence China was operating 48 additional police stations abroad since the group first revealed the existence of 54 such stations in September.
When approached by CNN last month about Safeguard Defenders’ original allegations, China’s foreign affairs ministry said the overseas stations were staffed by volunteers.
However, the organization’s latest report claims one police network it examined had hired 135 people for its first 21 stations.
The organization also sourced a three-year contract for a worker hired at an overseas station in Stockholm.
The NGO determines Italy has hosted 11 Chinese police stations, including in Venice and in Prato, near Florence.