Biden Accusing China of Hacking Microsoft Signals Beijing’s Free Pass Is Over, Says ITIF

July 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—Following the Biden administration accusing the Chinese government of breaching Microsoft email systems, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading think tank for science and technology policy, released the following statement from Daniel Castro, vice president of ITIF:

Hacking practices backed by the Chinese government have been ignored on the international stage for years—treated as something not to be mentioned in polite company. But the Biden administration’s move to publicly accuse China of a recent cyberattack suggests that Beijing’s free pass is over.

It’s not clear that naming and shaming will be enough, though. If China continues to brazenly back cyberattacks against its trading partners, the United States and its allies should escalate their response.

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Biden Accusing China of Hacking Microsoft  Signals Beijing’s Free Pass Is Over, Says ITIF