The US and other allies want to hold China accountable. You accuse the People’s Republic of being responsible for cyber attacks and online theft – and threaten with consequences.
According to a US government official, the US and allied states are accusing China of “malicious” cyber activities and threats to their national security. The US representative said on Monday that China’s “irresponsible behavior in cyber space” contradicts its “stated goal of being perceived as a responsible leadership power”. The EU, Great Britain and other partners would join the US “in order to expose the malicious cyber activities of the Chinese Ministry of State Security”.
The Chinese Ministry of State Security is using “criminal hackers” for global cyberattacks, said the US representative. China is responsible for extortion using cyber attacks, so-called crypto jacking and online theft. The USA, the EU, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and NATO stand united against this “immense threat” to their “economic and national security,” the spokesman emphasized. “The US and our allies and partners are not ruling out further steps to bring the People’s Republic of China to justice.”
Damage worth millions from hacker attacks
According to the US representative, the states are exchanging technical recommendations on how to deal with the Chinese threat. In the course of the day, the allies wanted to reveal “tactics, techniques and procedures” that are used by Chinese cyber actors.
In the past, cyber attacks against US targets were often attributed to Russian actors. Last week, Washington offered a $ 10 million reward for information leading to the capture of criminals behind so-called ransomware attacks.
There have been a number of ransomware attacks that hit hundreds of companies this year. The attacks on a large US pipeline and, most recently, the software company Kaseya were particularly severe. According to the US Department of Homeland Security, companies paid around $ 350 million to hackers to get their data back last year – a 300 percent increase over the previous year.