U.S. Says China Working With Criminal Gangs to Commit Global Cyberattacks

The White House has said China is working with criminal gangs to commit cyberattacks around the world.

“The United States has long been concerned about the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) irresponsible and destabilizing behavior in cyberspace,” the White House said in a statement on Monday.

“Today, the United States and our allies and partners are exposing further details of the PRC’s pattern of malicious cyber activity and taking further action to counter it, as it poses a major threat to U.S. and allies’ economic and national security.”

The Biden administration outlined a series of threats from Beijing, including government-affiliated hackers that have targeted companies and demanded millions of dollars in ransom.

The administration also blamed China for a hack of Microsoft Exchange email server software that compromised tens of thousands of computers around the world earlier this year.

China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) has been using criminal contract hackers who have engaged in “unsanctioned cyber operations worldwide, including for their own personal profit,” the statement said.

“In some cases, we are aware that PRC government-affiliated cyber operators have conducted ransomware operations against private companies that have included ransom demands of millions of dollars,” it continued.

China’s “unwillingness to address criminal activity by contract hackers harms governments, businesses, and critical infrastructure operators through billions of dollars in lost intellectual property, proprietary information, ransom payments, and mitigation efforts.”

The Department of Justice on Monday has announced charges against four Chinese nationals, who prosecutors allege were working with the MSS in a hacking campaign targeting governments and entities in at least a dozen countries.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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Published at Mon, 19 Jul 2021 11:54:41 +0000

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