Through Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, the Chinese government accused the United States on Tuesday of being the source of most cyber attacks of the world and of conducting wiretaps “both to rivals and allies”.
Zhao thus responded to the accusations, by NATO, the United States and some of its allies such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Japan, about the alleged involvement of China in the global cyber attack against Microsoft suffered by 250,000 computer systems throughout the world last March.
That attack affected institutions such as the European Banking Authority, the Norwegian Parliament and the Chilean Financial Market Commission.
The cross statements continue between Washington and Beijing on cyberattacks. Photo: AFP
The accusations were also added this Monday, although in a less forceful way, the European Union (EU), whose high representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, urged China in a statement to “not allow its territory to be used for malicious cyber activities “.
Washington said in a statement that China’s Ministry of Public Security, the country’s main police and intelligence body, “hires” “criminal hackers” to carry out “globally unauthorized cyber operations” such as cyber extortion, crypto hijacking, and theft from victims around the world for financial gain.
Zhao described as “unacceptable” the “coalition of the United States with its allies with the aim of blaming China. “
The Chinese spokesman declared that these “irrational” accusations by the United States and its allies pursue “political ends” and China “will never accept it”.
In addition, Zhao played down the accusations against China as “a small number of countries cannot represent the international community.”
Zhao declared that “one does not wash oneself by staining others” and announced that China will take the necessary measures to guarantee the cyber security of the country and protect its interests.
Cyberspace activity is “difficult to track,” Zhao said, and there should be “complete and sufficient evidence” before “linking cyberattacks to the government of another country.”
China “is completely opposed to any form of cyberattack and does not encourage or support hacker attacks.”
Chinese embassies called the accusations hypocritical
Previously, China had called the accusations “unfounded” Through a statement published on the website of the Chinese Embassy to the EU, ensuring that the EU and NATO statements “are not based on facts or evidence, but on speculation and unfounded accusations.”
According to the Chinese embassy in Canberra, Australia “follows in the footsteps and parrots the American rhetoric”, and is “an accomplice of listening activities under the framework of the Alliance of the Five Eyes”, the intelligence agreement between the United States. ., UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
“What the Australian government has done is extremely hypocritical, like a thief yelling ‘thief!’ “affirmed the text of the Chinese delegation in Australia.
For its part, the Chinese mission in New Zealand called the accusation “irresponsible”, adding that it has filed a formal complaint with the authorities.
The Chinese embassy in Canada also considered that the accusations “come from nowhere and are malicious defamation.”
The Chinese delegations influenced what they described as “hypocrisy”, they alleged that China is also a “victim of cyberattacks”, and advocated ending them “in accordance with the law.”
In the same vein, the Chinese Foreign spokesman, citing data from the China National Internet Emergency Response Center (CNCERT, for its acronym in English), assured that there are 52,000 malicious program control servers located outside the Chinese borders. that control 5.31 million servers within the country.
Despite the accusations, the countries involved in the complaints against China have so far avoided imposing sanctions to the Asian country for it.
It is the latest episode in the tense relations between Washington and Beijing, which began to deteriorate especially since March 2018, when former US President Donald Trump began a trade war with the Asian power that spread to areas such as technology or diplomatic.