WASHINGTON DC – The Biden administration on Monday blamed China for the cyberattack on the Microsoft Exchange email server software earlier this year. It said hackers linked to China’s Ministry of State Security exploited vulnerabilities to “compromise tens of thousands of computers and networks worldwide.”

Emails were stolen from a vast array of organizations in the Microsoft software hack, including infectious disease researchers, law firms, defense contractors, higher education institutions and nongovernmental groups.

The Ministry of State Security has gathered “an ecosystem of criminal contract hackers” to work on its behalf and for their own profit, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a release.

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