Microsoft has accused China of hacking into US government emails.

The software behemoth has not revealed the locations of the government institutions.

The US Department of Commerce, on the other hand, acknowledged to the BBC that Microsoft warned them of the attack.

According to sources, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo was among those affected by the incident.

“Microsoft notified the Department of a compromise to Microsoft’s Office 365 system, and the Department took immediate action to respond,” a representative for the US Department of Commerce told the BBC.

“We are monitoring our systems and will respond quickly if any additional activity is detected,” they added.

The State Department was also reportedly targeted by the hackers, according to US media.

The State Department did not react immediately to a request for comment from the BBC.

The Chinese embassy in London told Reuters that the claim was “disinformation” and that the US government was “the world’s biggest hacking empire and global cyber thief.”

Microsoft stated that the China-based hacker gang known as Storm-0558 gained access to email accounts by forging digital authentication tokens required by the system. Tokens are commonly used to validate a person’s identity.

“Storm-0558 primarily targets Western European government agencies and focuses on espionage, data theft, and credential access,” according to the business.

According to the firm, the breaches began in the middle of May, and it has since “mitigated the attack and contacted impacted customers.”

“We added substantial automated detections for known indicators of compromise associated with this attack… and we have found no evidence of further access,” the company claimed.

Chinese hackers deployed “stealthy” malware to assault crucial infrastructure on American military bases in Guam, according to Microsoft and Western espionage agencies in May.

According to experts, it was one of the largest known cyber espionage campaigns against the United States.

Guam’s ports and air bases, as a significant US military stronghold, would be critical to any Western reaction to an Asian conflict.

The Microsoft study was deemed “highly unprofessional” and “disinformation” by Beijing.

Regardless of the available evidence or context, China constantly denies involvement in hacking operations.

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