The American government, associated with allies such as the United Kingdom, the European Union and NATO, today published a note accusing and condemning “the irresponsible and destabilizing behavior of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in cyberspace”, formally attributing to hackers affiliated with the Ministry of Security China’s State (MSS) campaign against Microsoft Exchange email servers, unveiled in March of this year.
The note states that the US Department of Justice is “announcing criminal charges against four MSS hackers, involving activities related to a multi-year campaign targeting foreign governments and entities in key sectors including maritime, aviation, defense, education and healthcare in at least a dozen countries. The DOJ documents describe how MSS hackers sought to steal Ebola virus vaccine research and demonstrate that the theft of intellectual property, trade secrets and confidential business information from the RPC extends to critical public health information. Much of the MSS activity alleged in the Justice Department indictments contrasts sharply with the PRC’s bilateral and multilateral commitments to refrain from engaging in cyber theft of intellectual property for commercial advantage.”
The document further states that it is “Attributing with a high degree of confidence that malicious cybers affiliated with the RPC MSS conducted cyber espionage operations utilizing the zero-day Microsoft Exchange Server vulnerabilities disclosed in early March 2021.”
The White House signaled late last month that it was about to reveal authorship of the attacks on a specific culprit. A White House official said the prosecution was slow to come out because of new incriminating data. At the same time, the White House wanted to combine the indictment with “defence information.” The FBI, NSA and CISA released a joint statement that documented more than 50 tactics and techniques that Chinese state-sponsored hackers use when targeting US and allied networks and ways to mitigate them.
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