China hacking Microsoft and condoning other cyberattacks The United States, European Union, NATO and other world powers on Monday accused the Chinese government, its state Defense Ministry and authorized criminals of a massive attack on mail server software widely used from Microsoft earlier this year. .
The denunciations, representing for the first time the alliance of 30 NATO countries, condemned the so-called Chinese cybertac following the Biden administration’s promise in June during a rally of U.S. allies against Beijing’s disrespectful behavior. U.S. officials said the number of countries involved was the biggest condemnation of China’s cyber assault.
China hacking Microsoft The joint statements didn’t just punish China for its alleged actions, where they exposed the challenge of tackling the world’s second-largest economy through alliances with deeper trade ties.
The White House said in a statement Monday that “China’s irresponsible behavior in cyberspace is inconsistent with its stated intention to be seen as a responsible leader in the world.”
The Biden administration is pushing for a comprehensive settlement by the Chinese and other hackers of Microsoft’s mail servers.
This is the first time Washington and other US allies have blamed the Microsoft Exchange hack, which has compromised more than 100,000 servers around the world. Microsoft complained in March that its Exchange servers had been compromised by a Beijing-backed hacking group that previously used a number of unknown bugs in the software.
The Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) and hackers are working “knowingly”, the United States and its allies are trying to introduce a common cyber approach with its allies and “maintain clear expectations on how the countries responsible for cyberspace will behave, ”A senior official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of ground rules set by the White House, said in a statement that the administration had expressed concern over to the Microsoft incident and to “more malicious cyber activity”. confidence and stability of cyberspace.
Some analysts have said that blaming certain giveaways but not imposing consequences will not hinder future business.
“The lack of US government sanctions against Chinese cyber threat actors is a huge problem that has transcended the four jurisdictions,” said Dmitry Alperovich, chairman of the Silverado Policy Accelerator, a think tank. He noted that the European Union, which publicly blamed the cyber attacks on foreign governments and rolled back the United States, imposed the first cyber sanctions against two Chinese nationals and a Chinese company for hacking a supply chain known as Cloudhopper name.
“We need to stop treating the Chinese in such a way that they have the particular resistance to be held accountable, and we need to treat Russia and other large-scale malicious cyber actors the same,” Alperovich said.
The White House said Biden told Putin that the United States will “take whatever steps are necessary” after the latest ransom attack.
A senior administration official said the Biden administration “is not denying the next step to hold [China] accountable.” “We are also aware that no one can change their behavior and that no country can change its own behavior,” the official added. “So we mainly focused on bringing another country with us.”