The United States government has formally charged the Chinese regime with several cyberattack crimes since 2011 that affected businesses and citizens around the world, including one of digital blackmail Microsoft. Washington has been joined by the European Union and the Atlantic Alliance, or NATO, of which Spain it’s part.
As the White House revealed on Monday, the Chinese Ministry of State Security recruits hackers who participate in extortion and robbery schemes. The word ransomware (from ransom, which is ‘ransom’) refers to a program that takes control of the infecting system or device and asks for a ransom to return control to its owner.
As a White House official said in a call with journalists on Sunday, the fact that China’s communist regime engages in this type of blackmail alarmed the US. “This surprised us. And in fact, one of the reasons we’ve worked so hard on this attribution is because it really gave us new insights into the work of the Chinese Ministry of State Security and the kind of aggressive behavior we’re seeing from China. “
According to another court case, China’s communist regime maliciously infiltrated the servers of the US-based multinational company Microsoft to spread a cyber virus around the world. Part of that investigation has been conducted by the FBI, the National Security Agency and the Infrastructure Security and Cybersecurity Agency.
And it is that on Friday a federal court in San Diego, in the state of California, charged Ding Xiaoyang, Cheng Qingmin, Zhu Yunmin and Wu Shurong, officials of the Ministry of Security of China, two crimes related to cyber attacks. According to the indictment, these officials tried to conceal the role of the Chinese regime in the Information theft by setting up a ghost company, Hianan Xiandun Technology Development Co., Ltd., in Hainan Province.
The US Justice Department accuses Ding, Cheng and Zhu of “coordinating, facilitating and issuing orders to hackers and translators operating in the shell company. Wu is accused of having created the virus and infiltrating it into computer systems of companies, educational institutions and foreign governments in the US, Austria, Canada, Germany, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
On Monday’s accusation by the presidency, the White House official said in a call with reporters, “no single action can change China’s behavior in cyberspace and no single country can act alone. Our allies and partners are a tremendous source of strength and a unique asset to the US, and our approach to sharing information on cyber threats and defense is going to be collective. “
It is significant that the US includes NATO in these deliberations, a sign that the Alliance is beginning to incorporate defense into the cyberspace in your priorities, after the attacks that cut off the supply of gasoline and meat in large parts of the United States.
For his part, the EU Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell, said in a statement that the piracy “was carried out from the territory of China for the purpose of stealing intellectual property and espionage.”
The attack on Exchange, a proprietary user-collaboration software developed by Microsoft, was discovered in January.