By: Tadi Abedje
For President Joe Biden and his administration, there is a concerted endeavor to thrust away any additional government breaches. Recently, the Chinese government has been connected to a ransomware attack that involved Microsoft and VPN firm PulseSecure.
The U.S. and its allies in Europe and Asia have found China’s spy agency bringing in “criminal contract hackers” to do its dirty work by hacking into cyberspaces for personal benefit. This is an ongoing effort by the Biden administration to crack down on cyberattacks that could damage American subdivisions such as food and energy production.
According to the United States Department of Justice website, four Chinese nationals were charged with “a campaign to hack into the computer systems of dozens of victim companies, universities and government entities in the United States and abroad between 2011 and 2018.”
A federal grand jury in San Diego, California, gave them the punishment for theft of information for economic gain. Other than the U.S., countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and Indonesia were targeted in the attacks.
“They’re still determining exactly what happened. The investigation is not finished. To the best of my knowledge, my understanding is the Chinese government, not unlike the Russian government, is not doing this themselves but are protecting those who are doing it and maybe even accommodating in being able to do it,” President Biden said in a news conference.
Biden is expected to receive more information regarding the situation tomorrow, as he was on his way to meeting King Abdullah II of Jordan.