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Biden Administration, Allies Attribute Microsoft Exchange Hack to China


The Biden administration and a group of allies on Monday attributed the Microsoft Exchange server attack that impacted tens of thousands of customers with “high confidence” to hackers affiliated with the Chinese government. 

In March, Microsoft announced it discovered a threat actor the company believed to be operating out of and sponsored by China exploiting previously unknown vulnerabilities in its system. The attribution by the Biden administration and a group of allies including the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the Five Eyes intelligence alliance goes deeper on this assertion: according to the Monday announcement, Beijing’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) has relied on contract hackers who conduct cyber operations like ransomware attacks and cyber-enabled extortion around the world for financial gain. 

According to a senior administration official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity Sunday night, the use of contract hackers as well as the ...


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