China accused of cyber-attack on Microsoft Exchange servers

BBC.com reports: “The UK and EU have accused China of carrying out a major cyber attack earlier this year.

The attack targeted Microsoft Exchange servers, affecting over a quarter of a million servers around the world.

The EU was the first to put out a statement saying the attack came from ‘the territory of China’, while the UK said Chinese state-backed actors were responsible. The US is expected to follow suit.

The countries have also said the Chinese Ministry of State Security was responsible for other espionage activity.

The US and UK has frequently called out cyber-campaigns from nation-states, but to be joined by the EU in calling out Beijing signals the gravity with which this case has been taken. Western intelligence officials say the behaviour by China was markedly more serious than anything they have seen before…”

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