An analysis of data from cybersecurity firms found that the United States was responsible for more than half of the global cybersecurity breaches of 2018.
Data from CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity firm, found that U.S. companies were responsible for roughly 85% of the breaches.
The analysis, released Tuesday by cybersecurity company CrowdStrike on behalf of the cybersecurity company Symantec, found the United Nations’ Security Council adopted a cybersecurity framework in October that requires nations to strengthen their cyber defenses by “actively, quickly, and effectively” and for governments to “exercise appropriate oversight” of their cyberspies.
The cybersecurity firms analyzed data from the top 50 U.N. member nations and concluded that the U.K. was responsible in 18 of the 20 breaches, France in 10, Germany in eight and the United Kingdom in four.
A cybersecurity firm called ThreatConnect found that Germany was responsible of one breach in four, and France was responsible three of the 10 breaches.
Symantech, a global security company, found Russia responsible for four of the top 20 breaches and China for four.
In the United Arab Emirates, the firm found that Egypt was responsible with five of the 18 breaches.
Russia was responsible four of those breaches and Iran for one.
ThreatConnect also said it found China to be responsible for six of the 24 breaches.
“We see this as a massive problem,” said Matt Russell, CEO of CrowdStrike.
“It’s an ongoing challenge, and it’s going to get worse and worse until we get a global agreement on cybersecurity.”
China has long been a major source of cybersecurity threats, but has been slow to take measures to prevent the attacks.
In December, China imposed a cybercrime law that would require companies to report all cyberattacks to the government, but it’s not clear if the government would actually enforce the law.
A spokesman for the Chinese government declined to comment on the cybersecurity firms analysis.
China also has a cybersecurity law that goes into effect in April, but analysts say that the law has yet to be implemented and that the government’s cybersecurity efforts are “totally lacking.”
China is also under a U. S. law that is intended to protect against cyberattacks.
However, analysts say the U the law is too broad and could be used to target individuals or companies based on political views.
The U.s. and other nations have been criticized for failing to implement their own cybersecurity legislation.
In February, the U to develop a cybersecurity bill and passed a bill that called for the U S to “develop and deploy a cybersecurity strategy that includes a shared approach to cybersecurity, including a common approach to the sharing of cyber threats information.”
The U S has also said that the cyber threat from Russia has been “undermined” and the country is working to “improve cybersecurity and increase security” but has not released any specifics.
The cyber attacks from China, however, have been damaging to the US. economy and are believed to have caused the resignation of former President Donald Trump in February.
The attacks from Russia have also been causing disruption to the travel plans of U. s President Donald Trumps top advisers, including National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Flynn resigned after news broke that he had lied about the extent of his conversations with the Russian ambassador.