U.S. and allies accuse China of serious ransomware crimes

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CNN reports that the U.S. and its foreign allies accused China of supporting widespread criminality in cyberspace on Monday, July 19.

The U.S. says the crimes that China helped support include a massive hack of Microsoft's email system and other ransomware attacks against U.S. companies.

In a coordinated announcement, the White House and governments in Europe and Asia accused China's Ministry of State Security of using "criminal contract hackers" to conduct a range of destabilizing activities around the world for personal profit.

White House officials said they were surprised by the extent of Chinese involvement in hiring criminal networks to invade and extort money around the world.

One official said at least one American company had been targeted for a large ransom by hackers working in association with the Chinese intelligence service.

While the public announcement represents a dramatic escalation in the increasingly urgent attempt by the Biden administration to stave off further breaches, Biden stopped short of applying new punishment against Beijing.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Flags of U.S. and allies point fingers at flag of China
2. Biden makes announcement to explain hacking charges
3. Biden's monitor shows how China-based hackers attacked Microsoft servers
4. Monitor shows how initial infected servers in turn infected other hardware
5. Monitor shows spread of spyware into U.S. server infrastructure
6. IT manager working at workstation, suddenly confronted with system lockout and ransomware demand


VOICEOVER (in English):
"CNN reports that the U.S. and its foreign allies accused China of supporting widespread criminality in cyberspace on Monday, July 19."

"The U.S. says the crimes that China helped support include a massive hack of Microsoft's email system and other ransomware attacks against U.S. companies."

"In a coordinated announcement, the White House and governments in Europe and Asia accused China's Ministry of State Security of using "criminal contract hackers" to conduct a range of destabilizing activities around the world for personal profit."

"White House officials said they were surprised by the extent of Chinese involvement in hiring criminal networks to invade and extort money around the world."

"One official said at least one American company had been targeted for a large ransom by hackers working in association with the Chinese intelligence service."

"While the public announcement represents a dramatic escalation in the increasingly urgent attempt by the Biden administration to stave off further breaches, Biden stopped short of applying new punishment against Beijing."


SOURCES: CNN, Associated Press
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/07/19/politics/us-china-cyber-offensive/index.html
https://apnews.com/article/microsoft-exchange-hack-biden-china-d533f5361cbc3374fdea58d3fb059f35