Beijing China on Monday called Trump’s allegations that the massive computer attack targeting the United States may be of Chinese origin, even as his administration blames Russia as “one”.
The US president on Saturday downplayed the hacking, which is a federal state object, praising the allegations against Moscow and speculating in a tweet that “it could be China”.
In response, a spokesman for Chinese diplomacy, Wang Wenbin, did not formally reject Beijing’s involvement thesis, but acknowledged the US accusations as “not serious and contradictory”.
“US accusations against China have always been far-reaching and politically inverted,” he told reporters.
“When it comes to cyberspace, the behavior of the United States is not good and if a country is in the wrong position to criticize others, it is the United States.”
As more victims are being discovered, including beyond the United States, the projected range of cyber attack continues to expand.
The attack began in March, with hackers taking advantage of updates to SolarWinds, a company-created monitoring software, used by thousands of businesses and governments around the world.
This continued for months before being discovered by computer security group FireEye, which was the victim of cyber attacks last week.
Donald Trump’s foreign minister, Mike Pompeo, formalized the suspicion of finger-pointing experts in Moscow before being contradicted by the president.
Russia has denied involvement in the case.
According to known information at this point, the hackers managed to file internal emails from the US Treasury and Department of Commerce.
The Ministry of Energy confirmed the impact on Friday, while ensuring that the malware spared its most sensitive operations, including the branch responsible for protecting the nuclear arsenal.