The government of China has declined to be responsible for cyberattacks against western countries after the United States and its close associates accused it of a worldwide cyber espionage campaign. The allies purported that Beijing has mastered several malicious ransomware, data theft, and cyberattacks against public and private institutions. Among the accusations is a hack that spread hugely in March on Microsoft Exchange, a leading email server for corporations worldwide.
The US Department of Justice said four Chinese citizens had been charged with hacking the computers of some entities, universities, and government institutions in the US and other parts of the world between 2011 and 2018. China denied the allegations of a cyberattack campaign supported by Beijing, referring it to “fabricated,” and demanded Washington pull down the charges against the four Chinese citizens.
“The United States joined with its associates to make unwarranted allegations against Chinese cybersecurity,” Zhao Lijian, a foreign ministry spokesman, said. “This was made up out of thin air and confused right and wrong. It is clearly a smear and suppression of political interests. China will never credit this.” Referring to what he said was Chinese cybersecurity research, Zhao accused the United States CIA of performing hacking attacks on aerospace research facilities, oil industry, internet companies, and government entities in China for 11 years. He said the attacks compromised national and economic security severely.
Previously, China’s diplomatic missions worldwide had rattled out denial, with the Chinese embassy in New Zealand calling the accusations “totally groundless and irresponsible.” A source from Beijing said the Chinese diplomats worldwide supported the view that the evidence concerning China’s virtual crime was not complete, as they called the US’s allegations “hypocritical” and accusing Washington of being behind the hacks globally.
Although many statements from Western nations show a broad alliance, experts in hacking declared the lack of consequences for China over the US allegations clear. A report given by G7 and NATO about a month ago warned China and said it created threats to international security. While Washington and its close associates like Britain and Canada directly accused China of hacking, others were more cautious.
NATO solely stated its member states “acknowledge” the allegation against Beijing by the US, Canada, and Britain. The EU said it was requesting the Chinese authorities to limit “malicious cyber activities taking place in the country”- this statement left open the likelihood of the government of China being innocent of directing the cyberattacks. The US was straight to the point, mentioning intrusions such as the one that influenced servers operating Microsoft Exchange in March. The US said the hackers were connected to the Ministry of State Security in China, and Microsoft had already blamed the Chinese government.
Anthony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, concluded that the crime was part of a “pattern of irresponsible, disruptive and destabilizing activities in cyberspace. China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) has promoted an ecosystem of criminal contact hackers who perform both government-sponsored activities and cybercrime for their own financial interests,” Blinken said.
President Joe Biden told news reporters that investigations were still underway before taking any action to prevent the threat. “China’s government, like the Russian government, is not doing this alone, but are covering up those who are doing it, and perhaps even helping them do it,” Biden said. Allegations of cyberattacks against the US have recently targeted Russia instead of China. US leaders say that many of the attacks come from Russia, although they have tried to gather evidence on how the government could be involved. Russia rejects the allegations.