China says the US had fabricated allegations it carried out a massive Microsoft hack, countering that Washington was the “world champion” of cyber attacks while raging at American allies for signing up to a rare joint statement of condemnation.
The United States accused Beijing of carrying out the March cyber attack on Microsoft Exchange, a top email server for corporations around the world, and charged four Chinese nationals over the “malicious” hack.
The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, said the attack was part of a “pattern of irresponsible, disruptive and destabilizing behavior in cyberspace.” China’s Ministry of State Security “has fostered an ecosystem of criminal contract hackers who carry out both state-sponsored activities and cyber crime for their own financial gain,” Blinken said.
President Joe Biden said the US was still completing an investigation before taking any countermeasures, and drew parallels with cyber-crime attributed by Western officials to Russia.
China hit back, calling the allegations of a Beijing-supported cyber-attack campaign fabricated.
“The US has mustered its allies to carry out unreasonable criticisms against China on the issue of cyber security,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said. “This move is fabricated out of nothing.”
Meanwhile, the Chinese embassy in Australia hit out at Canberra for “parroting the rhetoric of the US.”