China denies the cyber strike on Microsoft criticising US allies.
The US accused Beijing of carrying out the March cyber attack on Microsoft and prosecuted four Chinese citizens in connection with the "malicious" intrusion. China vehemently disputed US charges that it was behind a huge Microsoft hack on Tuesday, claiming that Washington was the "global champion" of cyber-attacks and chastising US allies for signing a rare unified statement of condemnation. The Chinese embassy in New Zealand quickly responded, calling the claims "completely baseless and irresponsible." It was backed up by the Australian embassy, which took a concerted approach against Canberra, accusing Canberra of "parroting US rhetoric."
The attack on Microsoft Exchange, a main email server for organisations around the world, was part of a "pattern of irresponsible, disruptive, and destabilising behaviour in cyberspace, which poses a grave threat to our economic and national security," according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
"The Chinese government, like the Russian government, is not doing it themselves," Biden told reporters, "but they are protecting those who are doing it, and maybe even accommodating them being able to do it."