Doug Bedell — July 19, 2021, 1:00 pm

China Accused of Cyber Hacking by U.S. and Its Allies

Hot off the press, via Mashable: “The United States, European Union, UK, and NATO have jointly accused China of malicious cyber activities, including a massive hack involving Microsoft.

“In an official statement published Monday (July 19), the U.S. and partners claim that China has used contract hackers to conduct unsanctioned cyber operations globally, including cyber espionage operations and ransomware attacks.

“The PRC’s pattern of irresponsible behavior in cyberspace is inconsistent with its stated objective of being seen as a responsible leader in the world. Today, countries around the world are making it clear that concerns regarding the PRC’s malicious cyber activities is bringing them together to call out those activities, promote network defense and cybersecurity, and act to disrupt threats to our economies and national security,” the U.S. and partners say in the statement.

“The hack of Microsoft’s Exchange email server software, widely reported on in March, affected thousands of companies.”

No sanctions have been imposed as yet on China. China’s initial response has been to call the accusations “groundless”.

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