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China Denies Microsoft Hack, Says US and Allies Ganging Up

A woman wearing a face mask walks by the Microsoft office building in Beijing.
The Biden administration and Western allies formally blamed China on Monday for a massive hack of Microsoft Exchange email server software and asserted that criminal hackers associated with the Chinese government have carried out ransomware and other illicit cyber operations. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Tuesday, 20 July 2021 08:03 AM EDT

China rejected accusations by the U.S., U.K. and their allies that actors linked to the Asian nation’s government were behind the Microsoft Exchange hack and other “malicious cyber activities.”

“The U.S. ganged up with its allies and launched an unwarranted accusation against China on cybersecurity,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said Tuesday at a regular press briefing in Beijing. “It is purely a smear and suppression out of political motives. China will never accept this.”

Zhao added that the details released by the U.S. “do not constitute a complete chain of evidence. In fact, the U.S. is the largest source of cyber attacks in the world.”

The group of nations said the Chinese government has been the mastermind behind a series of malicious ransomware, data theft and cyber-espionage attacks against public and private entities, including the sprawling Microsoft Exchange hack earlier this year. The accusations added to tensions between China and the U.S. over issues ranging from policies in the western region of Xinjiang and Hong Kong to the origins of the coronavirus.

President Joe Biden told reporters at the White House on Monday that the investigation isn’t finished but that the Chinese government bears responsibility. His administration said that it was joining with European nations to expose the scale of China’s activity and will take steps to counter it.

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China rejected accusations by the U.S., U.K. and their allies that actors linked to the Asian nation's government were behind the Microsoft Exchange hack and other "malicious cyber activities." "The U.S. ganged up with its allies and launched an unwarranted accusation...
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