Beijing: On Tuesday, China severely denied that the United States had accused it of carrying out a large-scale Microsoft hacking, retorted that Washington was the “world champion” of cyber attacks, and expressed anger at the rare joint condemnation signed by the US allies.
The United States on Monday accused Beijing of conducting cyberattacks on Microsoft and charged four Chinese citizens with a “malicious” hacker attack in March.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that the attack on Microsoft Exchange, the world’s top corporate email server, is “part of the irresponsible, destructive, and unstable behavior pattern of cyberspace, which constitutes a significant impact on our economy and national security. A major threat”. . “
Brinken said in a statement that China’s Ministry of National Security (MSS) “bred an ecosystem of criminal contract hackers who carried out state-sponsored activities and cybercrimes for their own financial interests.”
The U.S. Department of Justice also issued an announcement stating that four Chinese citizens were accused of hacking the computers of dozens of companies, universities, and government agencies in the U.S. and abroad between 2011 and 2018.
When referring to the indictment, Brinken stated that the United States “will impose consequences on the irresponsible behavior of (Chinese) malicious cyber actors in cyberspace.”
President Joe Biden told reporters that the United States is still completing its investigation before taking any countermeasures, and is on par with the dark but prolific cybercrime that Western officials blame on Russia.
“The Chinese government, not unlike the Russian government, is not doing this themselves, but are protecting those who are doing it, and maybe even accommodating them being able to do it,” Biden told reporters.
In a step the Biden administration hailed as unprecedented, the United States coordinated its statement Monday with allies — the European Union, Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and NATO.
The Chinese embassy in New Zealand issued a swift rebuttal of the “totally groundless and irresponsible” allegations.
It was backed up by the embassy in Australia, as China took a coordinated stance of its own, accusing Canberra of “parroting the rhetoric of the US.”
“It is well known that the US has engaged in unscrupulous, massive and indiscriminate eavesdropping on many countries including its allies,” the embassy said in a statement.
“It is the world champion of malicious cyber attacks.”