China accused of ‘systematic cyber sabotage’ by UK, NATO, US and EU
The UK and allies – the US, NATO and the EU – have accused the Chinese government of “systematic cyber-sabotage” in statements released.
The British government said it believes Chinese state-sponsored hackers were responsible for an attack earlier this year that targeted Microsoft Exchange servers.
The hack compromised more than 70 organisations in the UK and was perpetrated by a group associated with Beijing according to the National Cyber Security Centre. This attribution has been supported by allies in the US, NATO and the EU.
Dominic Raab described the hacking campaign as “a reckless but familiar pattern of behaviour” from the Chinese government.
The hack of Microsoft Exchange servers earlier this year caused significant concern as the state-sponsored hackers left the victim networks open to additional attacks from criminals.
In his statement attributing the campaign to China, Mr Raab said that Beijing “must end this systematic cyber sabotage and can expect to be held [to] account if it does not”.
The compromise of Microsoft Exchange servers “undermined the security and integrity of thousands of computers and networks worldwide,” including in the EU, the bloc said in its statement, allowing “access to a significant number of hackers that have continued to exploit the compromise to date”.
“This irresponsible and harmful behaviour resulted in security risks and significant economic loss for our government institutions and private companies, and has shown significant spill-over and systemic effects for our security, economy and society at large,” the EU added.
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