(TheConservativeTimes.org) – It’s been reported that Chinese hackers had spent almost 5 years in the United States network. These hackers were from the People’s Republic of China and were targeting American infrastructure and other crucial institutions.
The alert said, “The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, National Security Agency, and Federal Bureau of Investigation assess that the People’s Republic of China state-sponsored cyber actors are seeking to reposition themselves on IT networks for disruptive or destructive cyberattacks against U.S. critical infrastructure in the event of a major crisis or conflict with the United States.”
The long operation was sponsored by Volt Typhoon and was a way for Chinese officials to inflict malware and hack into the United States’ top systems.
A release stated, “CISA and its U.S. Government partners have confirmed that this group of PRC state-sponsored cyber actors has compromised entities across multiple critical infrastructure sectors in cyberspace, including communications, energy, transportation, and water and wastewater, in the United States and its territories.”
In combination, these operations were designed to “launch destructive cyber-attacks that would jeopardize the physical safety of Americans and impede military readiness in the event of a major crisis or conflict with the United States.”
FBI Director Christopher Wray spoke out about the incident saying “The Volt Typhoon malware enabled China to hide, among other things, pre-operational reconnaissance and network exploitation against critical infrastructure like our communications, energy, transportation, water sectors steps…let’s be clear, cyber threats to our critical infrastructure represent real-world threats to our physical safety.”
There are many different concerns about these findings and the possibilities of the original operation. Officials have said that they are looking into this and will continue investigating the situation and working on prevention. They also said that events like this are just the “tip of the iceberg.”
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