On the 19th (local time), the U.S. administration of Joe Biden will designate the Chinese government as the power behind cyber hacking and announce countermeasures. In addition, the U.S. intelligence alliance ‘Five Eyes’ and Japan, the European Union (EU) and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) plan to criticize China’s malicious cyber activities in a statement on the same day.
The US-China conflict, which began in earnest under the Donald Trump administration, is expanding into cyberspace, and the Biden administration is working with allies and partners to put pressure on China.
“The EU, its allies and partners, including the EU, the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and NATO, together with the United States, have in an unprecedented way, together with the US, disclosed and criticized China’s Ministry of National Security’s malicious cyber activities,” a senior US administration official said in a telephone briefing the day before. “This is the first time NATO has criticized China’s cyber activities,” he said.
By citing Chinese government ministries, he publicly criticized the Xi Jinping government for being directly involved in illegal hacking.
The official gave meaning to the fact that major allies, including the US intelligence alliance ‘Faze Eyes’, the Atlantic alliance NATO, and EU member states and Japan, have agreed to designate China as a cybercriminal state.
It frees up key U.S. allies and partners to focus on the joint security efforts and network defenses needed to stop threats from China. In particular, it was evaluated that it had reached an important first step in that it shared a sense of problem with the United States regarding NATO’s participation.
When asked if there were any countries that the U.S. provided relevant information and offered to participate in, an official said, “Additional countries will come out in a few weeks,” and “I’m glad that so many countries have participated so far.” .
“The United States has long been concerned about China’s irresponsible and destabilizing behavior in cyberspace,” the official said. “This poses a significant threat to the economy and security of the United States and its allies.”
It can be seen that the world’s major countries expressed concern about China’s actions and emphasized that they are working with the United States to block threats to their economy and security.
“China’s behavior of irresponsible behavior in cyberspace is inconsistent with its stated goal of being a responsible leader in the world,” he said. It is interpreted as targeting Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is trying to increase his global presence against the United States.
The National Security Agency (NSA), the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) assessed that “Malicious cyber activity sponsored by China is a major threat to the cyber assets of the United States and its allies.” issued a ‘Cyber Security Recommendation’.
“Malicious cyber activists sponsored by China are used to steal sensitive information, critical emerging core technologies, intellectual property, and personally identifiable information from employees and organizations in the political, economic, military, educational and critical infrastructures of the United States and its allies,” the three organizations said. It was an attack target.”
The U.S. has notified senior Chinese officials of the matter, saying it clearly communicated that China’s actions threaten security, trust and stability in cyberspace.
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