The United States, the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom on Monday accused Microsoft of hacking emails into its exchange system. Brussels and London criticized Beijing in statements, and according to the American press, Washington would do the same. “The cyber attack on Microsoft Exchange server by government-backed Chinese groups is an irresponsible but habitual act,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Robb said in a statement.
The United Kingdom has said China can be held accountable if it does not stop “proper sabotage”. According to the British government, these attacks occurred in early 2021 and affected thousands of servers around the world. “This attack will allow large-scale intelligence, including the purchase of personally identifiable information and intellectual property,” the London report said.
The European Union (EU) has said that “harmful” cyber activities in the Chinese region “significantly” affect the economy, security, democracy and society in general.
According to US media reports, the Biden government has claimed that the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has used hackers involved in cyber-extortion schemes.