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China accused of cyber attack

EU reveals Chinese cyber attack on European governments

The EU, UK and US have in a syncronised approach accused China of being behind a major cyber attack that targeted Microsoft Exchange servers earlier this year. The attack affected 30 000 organisations worldwide. EU said there were also attacks directly on European governments.

The EU Commission said it has also detected “malicious cyber activities with significant effects that targeted government institutions and political organisations in the EU and member states, as well as key European industries.”

“These activities can be linked to the hacker groups known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 and Advanced Persistent Threat 31 and have been conducted from the territory of China for the purpose of intellectual property theft and espionage.”

“We continue to urge the Chinese authorities to adhere to these norms and not allow its territory to be used for malicious cyber activities, and take all appropriate measures and reasonably available and feasible steps to detect, investigate and address the situation”, the statement said formally signed by Josep Borrell, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security

China said the accusations were unwarranted. Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said the accusations were politically motivated smears.

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