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US to expose China's 'malicious cyber activities' after threat to economic, national security

Published Jul 19, 2021 1:12 pm

The United States, along with its allies, will reportedly expose the People's Republic of China's pattern of "malicious cyber activities" and take further action to counter it.

In a statement, the senior administration officials said: "Tomorrow, the US and our allies and partners are exposing further details of the PRC's pattern of malicious cyber activities and taking further action to counter it, as it poses a major threat to the US and allies' economic and national security." 

The group of allies and partners reportedly joining the statement include the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, and NATO.

This is the first time NATO has condemned PRC cyber activities, the officials said via Teleconference.

"We will show how the PRC's MSS -- Ministry of State Security -- uses criminal contract hackers to conduct unsanctioned cyber operations globally, including for their own personal profit. Their operations include criminal activities, such as cyber-enabled extortion, crypto-jacking, and theft from victims around the world for financial gain," the officials said.

The National Security Agency, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and Federal Bureau of Investigation -- NSA, CISA, and FBI -- will also expose over 50 tactics, techniques, and procedures Chinese state-sponsored cyber actors used when targeting US and allied networks, along with advice for technical mitigations to confront this threat. 

The United States government will formally attribute the malicious cyber campaign utilizing the zero-day vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Exchange Server disclosed in March -- a number of months ago -- to malicious cyber actors affiliated with the MSS with high confidence. (ANI)