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On Monday, the Biden administration of the US blamed China for the hacking incident involving Microsoft Exchange email server software. The said incident compromised thousands of computer units worldwide this year.
The curred administration made this announcement along with a group of allies. These include the European Union, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and NATO countries.
An official said this serves as the first time NATO condemned the cyber activities of China.
According to a senior administration official said that nobody can change China’s cyber behavior. A single country making an effort on its own can’t affect it either. The official added that the country’s partners and allies serve as a major source of strength.
The said Microsoft Exchange hack was initially identified in January. It was also attributed to cyberspies from China by organizations in the private sector. An administration official mentioned that the government’s attribution to hackers connected to the Ministry of State Security of China only happened now partly due to the discovery of ransomware and for-profit operations. Also, the administration wanted to announce it with a guide for businesses about strategies China use.
US Blames China for Hacking Incident in January
When asked about the hacking incident, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson told the Associated Press that China “firmly opposes” and fights cyber attacks and thefts in all forms. The spokesperson also cautioned that the attribution of such attacks should have basis on evidence instead of groundless accusations.
However, the Biden administration and its allies revealed a wide array of other cyber threats coming from Beijing. These include ransomware from the government and ransomware attacks.
Another official mentioned that China’s Ministry of State Security employs the services of criminal contract hackers to conduct cyber operations daily, which are unsanctioned.
On the other hand, another senior administration official stated that the National Security Agency, along with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure and the FBI, will reveal over 50 tactics that Chinese state-sponsored materials are capable of doing.
Several Biden administration officials have also raised concerns regarding the hacking incident as well as China’s other “malicious cyber activities” with PRC’s government officials. They said they made it clear that their actions pose a threat to “security, confidence and stability in cyberspace.”