UPDATED 6:52 PM PT – Monday, July 19, 2021
Joe Biden’s State Department has refused to comment on whether China would be sanctioned for hacking U.S. companies. During a press briefing on Monday, State Department Spokesman Ned Price refused to provide further details when questioned on the matter.
Price went on to say, “As you know, we don’t preview potential policy responses.”
This comes after the Department of Justice charged four individuals working for China’s Ministry of State Security who breached the Microsoft Exchange Server. That hacking led to ransomware attacks on tens of thousands of western companies last year.
State Department Spokesman Ned Price dodges when asked what Joe Biden will do to hold China accountable for hacking pic.twitter.com/54ZGkXD1dC
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Joe Biden has also refused to say if he would hold China to account.
“They’re still determining exactly what happened,” he stated. “The investigation is not finished.”
Biden’s officials blamed Russia for some of those hackings. Although, early evidence showed companies such as SolarWinds were hacked by China as well. Some reports say 2020 U.S. elections could have been breached by China using similar tactics, but Biden remains silent on those claims.