20 Jul 2021

US blames Chinese hackers for massive attack

From Morning Report, 6:09 am on 20 July 2021

The United States has blamed Chinese hackers backed by the state for one of the largest cyber attacks in history.

Microsoft exchange servers were targeted earlier this year, affecting more than a quarter of a million servers worldwide.

Late last night, the New Zealand Government also released a statement saying it condemns malicious cyber activity from China.

Chinese officials have denied responsibility - saying it opposes cyber attacks and combats cyber theft. The international relationship with China is already under strain.

The release from Andrew Little reads " New Zealand has established links between Chinese sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand".

US correspondent Simon Marks has more.