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Embassy Spokesperson's Comment on the Remarks by the UK Side about Cyber Attack
2021/07/20

Question: The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK issued a press release saying that the UK joins likeminded partners to confirm "Chinese state-backed actors" were responsible for gaining access to computer networks via Microsoft Exchange servers. The press release claims that the attacks took place in early 2021 and that “widespread, credible evidence demonstrates that sustained, irresponsible cyber activity emanating from China” continues. The UK is calling on China not to conduct or support cyber-enabled theft. What is the comment of the Chinese Embassy?

Embassy Spokesperson: The accusation against China by the UK side is sheer fabrication and slander. The Chinese side is gravely concerned and strongly opposed to this. We call on the UK side to immediately stop echoing the groundless and irresponsible accusation against China.

China is a staunch defender of cyber security and a main victim of cyber thefts and attacks. According to the annual report 2020 by the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China (CNCERT/CC), about 52,000 overseas C&C servers controlled about 5.31 million hosts on the Chinese mainland. This posed severe threat to China’s national security, economic and social development and daily life of the people. In February this year alone, 830,000 computers with IP addresses in China suffered unknown attacks, 70% of which came from abroad.

The US, in violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations, has long been engaging in practices of large-scale, organized and indiscriminate cyber theft, surveillance and attacks against foreign governments, enterprises and individuals. Its despicable actions, from the cases of WikiLeaks, Edward Snowden and Crypto AG to the information theft on heads of state of European countries through the intelligence agency of a third country, are known to the world. If the UK side is serious about cyber security, it should not be indifferent toward, and still less an accessory to, such abuse of technological advantage and unscrupulous, large-scale and indiscriminate tapping and stealing of secrets against countries across the world, including its allies. On cyber security issues, the UK and a handful of other “like-minded countries” are applying double standards and playing the trick of a thief crying “Stop thief!”. We are firmly opposed to this practice.

Cyber security is a global issue which concerns the common interests of all. Safeguarding cyber security requires the joint efforts of the international community. China has always been open and honest on cyber security and is always ready to work with all parties to build up the community of shared cyber security for everyone. Last September, China launched the Global Initiative on Data Security, which calls for all States to stand against the use and abuse of ICT for destruction of critical infrastructure or theft of important data of other States, mass surveillance targeting other States and illegal harvesting of personal information of citizens of other countries. It is hoped that all countries including the UK will join the Initiative and make clear-cut commitments on cyber security, so as to jointly foster a peaceful, secure, open and cooperative cyberspace.

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