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The EU has accused China of cyber attacks

Cyber attacks on European Union countries from China have put thousands of computers around the world at risk, including in EU institutions. This is reported in the statement of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrel.

The head of international diplomacy of the European Union said that hacking using vulnerabilities of the Microsoft Exchange cloud server “led to security risks and significant economic losses for public institutions and private companies.” According to him, the cyber attack from the territory of the People's Republic of China was committed by the groups Advanced Persistent Threat 40 and Advanced Persistent Threat 31. The attacks were aimed at espionage and theft of intellectual property.

Borrel, on behalf of the European Union, called on the Chinese authorities to adhere to the norms of “responsible behavior of states approved by all UN member states” and take the necessary steps to investigate and eliminate the consequences of cybercrime. He also confirmed the intention of the EU member states to fight cyberterrorism.

Earlier, Microsoft released an update to the Exchange Server cloud service. The company said that the server vulnerabilities used by hackers around the world have been eliminated. However, cybersecurity experts considered these measures insufficient. In their opinion, in order to eliminate all threats, it is necessary to conduct a full-fledged analysis of all systems and programs involved in hacking.

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