The U.S. president is accusing the Chinese government of supporting cyberattacks, including ransomware, cryptojacking, digital extortion and theft.
The allegations were announced Monday as part of a broader statement claiming China's Ministry of State Security (MSS) also had a hand in a massive Microsoft Exchange email hack earlier this year that compromised some 30,000 organizations using the service.
"Hackers with a history of working for the PRC Ministry of State Security (MSS) have engaged in ransomware attacks, cyber enabled extortion, crypto-jacking, and rank theft from victims around the world, all for financial gain," a White House press release said.
Cyberattacks have been on the rise, with ransomware attacks in particular making headlines this year after impacting critical infrastructure. The U.S. government has already announced a new initiative to tackle these sorts of digital crimes, including finding ways of preventing or tracking crypto payments during these attacks.
"We have our four-part counter-ransomware strategy – which you all know – from resilience, to focusing on cryptocurrencies, to working with countries around the world to build a coalition to hold Russia and other countries accountable, to really focusing on disrupting actor’s infrastructure, and funding payments," said an administration official speaking on background.