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The European Union urges China to confront hostile cyber activities outside its territory

Today, the European Union announced that it had discovered, with its partners, malicious electronic activities that significantly affected its economy, security and democracy, and came out of Chinese territory, calling on Beijing to confront and stop these activities.

This came in a statement issued by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs of the European Union and Security Policy Josep Borrell on his website; It stated that the Microsoft Exchange hack had undermined the security and safety of thousands of computers and networks around the world, including member states and European Union institutions, and allowed a large number of cyber thieves who are exploiting this breach to infiltrate so far.

The statement added that this irresponsible and harmful behavior led to security risks and significant economic loss to our government institutions and private companies, and demonstrated indirect and systemic effects on our security, economy and society in general, moreover, we also detected malicious cyber activities with significant impacts targeting government institutions and political organizations in The European Union and its member states, as well as major European industries.

The statement confirmed that these activities could be linked to hacker groups known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 and 31, which were monitored from Chinese territory for the purpose of espionage and intellectual property theft.

"The European Union and its member states strongly condemn these malicious cyber activities, which are in contravention of the Code of Responsible State Conduct as endorsed by all UN member states, and we continue to urge the Chinese authorities to abide by these standards, not to allow their territory to be used for malicious cyber activities and to take all measures," he added. appropriate and available, reasonable and feasible steps to detect, investigate and remedy the situation.

The European Union and its member states reaffirmed their strong commitment to ensuring a global, open, free, stable and secure cyberspace, and to this end, it affirmed that it will continue to work on creating a program of action under the auspices of the United Nations to effectively advance and support states to abide by responsible state behavior in cyberspace, according to the statement.