Biden White House Condemns Chinese Cyber Attacks: Declines Retaliation

(L-R) US Vice President Joe Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping and US Secretary of State John Kerry make a toast during a State Luncheon for China hosted by Kerry on September 25, 2015 at the Department of State in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL …
PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

President Joe Biden’s White House on Monday publicly identified China as responsible for a series of cyber attacks across the world but did not announce any retaliatory actions.

A senior administration official told reporters in a phone briefing on Sunday evening China’s Ministry of State Security used contract hackers to launch cyber operations across the world — including the recently revealed Microsoft Exchange hack.

“Their operations include criminal activities, such as cyber-enabled extortion, crypto-jacking, and theft from victims around the world for financial gain,” the official noted, referring to China.

The Biden administration teamed up with the European Union, NATO, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Japan to condemn China’s actions, arguing it showed a united front globally against China’s activities in cyberspace.

“No one action can change China’s behavior in cyberspace and neither can just one country acting on its own,” the official noted.

Typically, the United States also announces retaliatory sanctions when publicly identifying a hacking attack from a foreign government.

In April, the Biden White House officially blamed the Russian government for the Solar Winds attack on government agencies and announced a series of economic sanctions against Russian interests.

But the Biden White House emphasized that their identification and shaming of China for the attacks together with global allies would send a strong message to the Chinese Communist Party.

“We felt like the core takeaway here is that we’re making it clear to China that for as long as these irresponsible, malicious cyber activities continue, it will unite countries around the world who are all victims to call them out, promote network defense, and cybersecurity working together in that way,” the official said.

 

.

Please let us know if you're having issues with commenting.