Published On: Mon, Jul 19th, 2021

Chinese Regime Will Be Held Accountable Unless It Ends ‘Systematic Cyber Sabotage’, UK Warns

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The UK on Monday confirmed that Chinese state-backed actors were responsible for the cyberattack on Microsoft Exchange earlier this year that affected over a quarter of a million servers worldwide. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement that the attack was “a reckless but familiar pattern of behaviour.” “The Chinese government must end this systematic cyber sabotage and can expect to be held [to] account if it does not,” Raab warned. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said that it’s “almost certain” that Hafnium, a group that is “highly likely” to be linked with the Chinese state, was responsible for the attack. It also assessed that the attack was highly likely to enable large-scale espionage, including acquiring personally identifiable information and intellectual property. The NCSC said the attack on Microsoft Exchange servers was the “most significant and widespread cyber intrusion against the UK and allies uncovered to date.” Paul Chichester, the NCSC’s director of operations, said …

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