Chinese hackers are reportedly gearing up to launch an attack on US infrastructure, according to FBI


Chinese Government-Linked Hackers Target US Critical Infrastructure, FBI Director Warns

Chinese government-linked hackers have infiltrated US critical infrastructure and are poised to launch a devastating attack, according to FBI Director Christopher Wray. The ongoing hacking campaign, known as Volt Typhoon, has successfully breached American companies in vital sectors such as telecommunications, energy, and water, with a focus on 23 pipeline operators.

Speaking at the 2024 Vanderbilt Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats, Wray warned that China is developing the capability to cause significant damage to US infrastructure at a time of its choosing. He described China’s strategy as aiming to induce panic by targeting civilian infrastructure with cyberattacks.

While China has denied any government involvement in Volt Typhoon, Wray emphasized the difficulty in determining the true intent behind the cyber pre-positioning. He highlighted that the cyber activities align with China’s broader goal of deterring the US from defending Taiwan, a democratic island that China claims as its own territory.

Wray revealed that China’s hackers are using botnets to conceal their malicious activities, with reports from cybersecurity companies attributing Volt Typhoon to China. The escalating cyber tensions between the US and China underscore the growing threat of cyber warfare and the need for enhanced cybersecurity measures.

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