Wednesday, July 21, 2021

US and allies accuse Chinese government of hacking

The Chinese government was the mastermind behind a series of malicious ransomware, data theft and cyber-espionage attacks. The sprawling Microsoft Exchange hack earlier this year was the work of Chinese state sponsored hackers. Their activities were linked to the hacker groups Advanced Persistent Threat 40 and Advanced Persistent Threat 31. The group of nations attributing the attack to China includes Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and NATO.
The U.S. charged four Chinese with the Ministry of State Security with a campaign to hack into computer systems of dozens of companies, universities and government entities in the U.S. and abroad between 2011 and 2018. The indictment alleges the hackers targeted, among other things, Ebola vaccine research.
China condemns “groundless accusations,” saying that tracing the source of cyberattacks is a “highly sensitive political issue.” China has long insisted that it is not a perpetrator but a victim of cyberattacks.

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