- After the attack, the hackers gained access to hundreds of thousands of companies and entities around the world. China was accused of the crime from the start
- “Stolen trade secrets and confidential trade information include sensitive technologies used by submarines and autonomous vehicles” – report reads
- The US Department of Justice has also brought charges against four hackers linked to Chinese authorities who infiltrated dozens of computer systems between 2011 and 2018.
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“The United States and countries around the world blame the People’s Republic of China for irresponsible and destabilizing behavior in cyberspace that poses many threats to our economic and national security,” Blinken said in the statement.
The announcement states that the US and its allies were able to officially attribute a cyber attack discovered in March that exploited vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Exchange email system to hackers linked to China’s Ministry of State Security. As part of the attack, hackers gained access to hundreds of thousands of companies and entities around the world. China has been accused of the crime from the start.
In turn, the White House statement also mentioned that hackers operating in Chinese services have committed frequent attacks in recent years ransomwareOr extortion or ordinary theft on the Internet.
A cyber attack on 12 countries. Allegations against four pirates
The US Department of Justice also brought charges against four hackers linked to the Chinese authorities who hacked into dozens of computer systems owned by private companies, universities and government entities in 12 countries between 2011 and 2018. The goal was, inter alia, to steal technology as well as research information related to Ebola, Middle East Syndrome Respiratory Syndrome, HIV, Marburg and Tularemia.
“Stolen trade secrets and confidential trade information include sensitive technologies used by submarines and autonomous vehicles (…) genetic sequencing technology, data and information to secure contracts for Chinese state-owned companies in targeted countries” – the ministry announced.
In addition, US agencies, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI have published a document that reveals the techniques used by Chinese hackers in their attacks, along with information on how to defend against them.
Although Monday’s remarks were not followed by announcements of new sanctions, Washington raised the issue in direct talks with several officials in Beijing, and coordinated accusations against China from many countries are expected to send an important signal, the White House representative said during a press conference. to China. Authorities of the People’s Republic of China.
“The international community has provided clear expectations and guidelines for responsible behavior in cyberspace,” US authorities said. “Responsible states do not violate the security of global networks or protect cybercriminals – let alone sponsor or cooperate with them.”
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