In a coordinated warning, the United States and its allies accused China of activities on Monday, July 19. “Malicious” in cyberspace. An initiative of naming and shaming Unprecedented “denunciation and condemnation” against Beijing, according to Jim Lewis, a technology specialist at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a security research center in Washington. Until now, the United States had rather attacked Russia.
In simultaneous statements, the United States, the European Union, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Japan accused China of cooperating with cybercriminals to hack Western companies. NATO joined in a more reserved fashion, taking note of allied statements and affirming its “Solidarity” with them for ” to counter “ cyberthreats in all their registers. “We call on all States, including China, to respect their international obligations, including in cyberspace”, said the transatlantic organization.
China has « irresponsible, disruptive and destabilizing behavior in cyberspace, which represents a major threat to the economy and to security » the United States and its partners, said Secretary of State Antony Blinken. His British counterpart, Dominic Raab, added: « The Chinese government must end its systematic cybersabotage and must be held accountable if it does not. » For the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, the hacks operated from China for the purposes of « intellectual property theft and espionage » pose a threat to security and « significant economic losses for institutions and businesses » of the European Union.
The allies blamed China for hacking Microsoft’s Exchange messaging service. This, in March, affected more than 30,000 American organizations – small businesses, banks, governments, power companies, local communities – and more than 150,000 servers around the world. Hackers had detected a flaw in Microsoft’s software, which is widely used in the business world. The Seattle firm had implicated a group of hackers linked to the Chinese government called “Hafnium”, an actor « highly skilled and sophisticated », in the words of the computer giant.
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