U.S. and Allies Allege Major Cyberattack by China

They are calling out a global cyberespionage campaign.

On Monday, the United States, the European Union, and the United Kingdom alleged that China carried out a major cyber attack earlier this year. The hack targeted Microsoft Exchange servers, affecting at least 30,000 organizations worldwide. The hackers exploited a vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange which allowed backdoors to be placed on systems that allowed further access.

The UK said Chinese state-backed actors were responsible, while the EU said the attack came from the “territory of China.” Claims have also been made that the Chinese Ministry of State Security was has been involved in wider espionage activity and a broader pattern of “reckless” behavior.

The White House stated the administration is “deeply concerned” that China had “fostered an intelligence enterprise that includes contract hackers who also conduct unsanctioned cyber operations worldwide, including for their own personal profit.”

Despite strong statements, there are no signs of sanctions against China. In contrast, new sanctions were placed on Russia for the recent Solar Winds campaign which many experts believe was less serious than the Microsoft exchange campaign linked to China.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the U.S. State Department and military leaders as responses to China’s activities are considered.
  • For U.S. agents working to protect electronics, servers, and the internet from hackers.
  • That U.S. and international government officials would be discerning in dealing with China regarding the hacking campaigns.

Sources: Reuters, BBC News


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