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Ruppersberger: China Must be Held Accountable for Cyber Attacks

Jul 20, 2021
Press Release
Administration blames Microsoft Exchange Server attack on Chinese government

(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today applauded the Biden Administration’s continued actions to hold foreign governments accountable for malicious and destructive cyber attacks on American businesses and institutions. The Administration has corralled allies and publicly exposed the Chinese government for orchestrating the massive attack on a Microsoft Exchange Server and indicted four Chinese criminal hackers for working on its behalf.

The Microsoft Exchange Server compromise was one of the worst in history, with at least 30,000 victim organizations in the U.S. alone.

“Today’s announcement sends a loud and clear message that the days of tolerating state-sponsored cyber attacks are over,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “Not only is China engaging in cyber espionage and intellectual property theft, it’s hiring cyber thugs to carry out the same financially-motivated crimes we’ve long accused Russia of supporting. We cannot allow this behavior and must hold China accountable and help bolster protections against their known tactics.”

Earlier this week, the Administration issued new sanctions against six Russian technology firms for conducting cyber attacks at the behest of Russian intelligence services. Congressman Ruppersberger called on the Biden Administration to explore similar sanctions against Chinese firms that knowingly facilitate criminal operations.

Congressman Ruppersberger, whose district is home to the National Security Agency, is an Appropriator who serves on the Homeland Security, Defense, and Commerce, Justice, Science subcommittees. As such, he has championed increased funding for the federal agencies primarily responsible for helping American businesses protect themselves against and respond to cyber attacks.