UK says it and allies hold Chinese state responsible for Microsoft hacking

July 19, 2021 6:52 AM EDT

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab gestures during an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 11, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville


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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Monday that it and its partners held Chinese state-backed groups responsible for "a pervasive pattern of hacking" involving attacks on Microsoft Exchange servers.

"The cyber attack on Microsoft Exchange Server by Chinese state-backed groups was a reckless but familiar pattern of behaviour," British foreign minister Dominic Raab said in a statement.

"The Chinese Government must end this systematic cyber sabotage and can expect to be held account if it does not."

(Reporting by William James and Michael Holden)



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