Rep. Jim Langevin Statement on the U.S. Attributing Aggressive and Irresponsible Cyber Activity to China

Jul 19, 2021 Issues: Cybersecurity

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems (CITI), issued the following statement after the United States formally attributed the exploitation of Microsoft Exchange Server and other malicious cyber activity to the People’s Republic of China:

“Today, the United States led an unprecedented international coalition in calling out Chinese malicious and irresponsible behavior in cyberspace. I commend the Biden administration for bringing our partners and allies together to expose China’s destabilizing and aggressive cyber activity.

“Today’s announcement is an impressive demonstration of American diplomatic strength and a poignant reminder that American global leadership has returned after a four-year hiatus. We must continue working in concert with our allies to clearly define what is – and what is not – acceptable behavior in cyberspace. However, it was my hope that this attribution could have come sooner than three months since the Microsoft Exchange Server hacking campaign was first disclosed.

“Now more than ever, the Senate must take up the bipartisan Cyber Diplomacy Act, which passed the House of Representatives in April and would create a bureau within the State Department responsible for coordinating international cyber diplomacy.

“Unfortunately, the Chinese Communist Party has shown a consistent willingness to conduct expansive cyber campaigns, and the exploitation of Microsoft Exchange Server will surely not be the last we see from them. When the time comes, we must be prepared to once again marshal the international community against China’s destabilizing operations and work towards building a safe cyberspace for all.”