07/20/2021 at 09:41 CEST
China has criticized “unfounded” claims that it carried out a major cyberattack against tech giant Microsoft. A group of Western countries accused China of hacking Microsoft Exchange, a popular email platform used by companies around the world.
The joint statement accused the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) of undermining global stability and security. China has always maintained that it opposes all forms of cybercrime. On Monday, New Zealand joined the group of countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia, in blaming Chinese state-sponsored actors for “malicious cyber activity” in the country, including the Microsoft attack.
The Chinese embassy in Wellington called the accusations “unfounded and irresponsible.” “The Chinese government is a strong advocate of cybersecurity“he declared in a statement published by the embassy in response to a question from journalists.