SUMMIT. (From left to right) Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo; the President of Croatia, Zoran Milanovic; Polish President Andrzej Duda and President Joe Biden at the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, Belgium, on June 14, 2021. | Photo: Efe.

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The United States, the European Union, NATO and other world powers on Monday accused the Chinese government of a wide range of malicious cyber actions. They blame the Ministry of State Security of the Asian country and affiliated criminals for an attack against Microsoft carried out in March of this year.

Because it is important?: It is the first time that NATO, an alliance of 30 nations, has taken a stand against alleged Chinese cyberattacks. Furthermore, the number of countries involved equates to the highest conviction to date of that nation’s hacker actions.

-The declaration does not include sanctions or punishments to China. Facing the second world economy is a challenge due to existing business alliances.

-Microsoft reported that more than 100,000 Exchange servers – professional or educational email accounts – were compromised by a China-backed hacking group.

What do they say: “The lack of sanctions by the US government against Chinese cyber threat actors is a huge problem that spans four administrations,” said Dmitri Alperovitch, president of the Silverado Policy Accelerator organization.

-Alperovitch suggested “stop treating China as if they have a special immunity from accountability” and act as has been done against other cybercriminals.

-According to a senior US official, who stated anonymously, the United States and its allies seek to present a common approach and establish guidelines on responsible behavior in cyberspace.

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The US official commented that the government does not rule out taking action to hold China to account.

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