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U.S., Allies Accuse China of Hacking Microsoft and Condoning Other Cyberattacks


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Performers rally around a flag bearing the symbol of Chinas communist party during a show in Beijing last month commemorating the 100th anniversary of its founding.

A number of world powers on Monday accused the Chinese government of a broad array of malicious cyber activities.

Credit: Thomas Peter

The U.S., European Union, NATO,and other world powers on Monday accused the Chinese government of a broad array of malicious cyber activities, blaming its Ministry of State Security and affiliated criminals for a sophisticated attack on Microsoft's widely used email server software earlier this year.

The condemnations represent the first time NATO, a 30-nation alliance, has denounced alleged Chinese cyberattacks following the Biden administration's pledge in June to rally U.S. allies against Beijing's malign behavior. The number of nations involved amounts to the largest condemnation of China's cyber aggressions to date, U.S. officials said.

The joint statements stopped short, however, of punishing China for its alleged actions, exposing the challenge of confronting the world's second-largest economy by an alliance with deep business ties there.

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