The US and several allies have publicly blamed China for an array of “malicious cyber activities,” including the massive attack on Microsoft Exchange email servers earlier this year. This is reported by the White House.
The Microsoft Exchange hack, which was identified in January, affected over a quarter of a million servers worldwide.
"An unprecedented group of allies and partners – including the European Union, the United Kingdom, and NATO – are joining the United States in exposing and criticizing the PRC’s malicious cyber activities," the statement said.
The White House also accused the MSS of using criminal contract hackers in operations including “cyber-enabled extortion, crypto-jacking, and theft from victims around the world for financial gain.”
The US Department of Justice, meanwhile, announced criminal charges against four Chinese nationals who allegedly carried out a long-running hacking campaign.
Despite the wave of accusations, the US has not issued any sanctions against the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Meanwhile, Britain’s special forces will take on a new covert mission against China and Russia as they shift their focus to countering “big state adversaries”, a senior military chief has revealed to The Sunday Times.
Brigadier Mark Totten said that the British Armed Forces Special Air Service (SAS) and Royal Navy Special Boat Service (SBS) would have more time and assets for “higher risk” counterstate tasks requiring more detail, planning and specialist expertise. The Royal Marines will take over the units’ traditional roles.