Earlier this week, law enforcement and international agencies reported that hackers affiliated with the People’s Republic of China infiltrated U.S. networks for up to five years in a cyber operation aimed at U.S. critical infrastructure.
According to ABC News, the advisory builds upon CISA Director Jenn Easterly and FBI Director Christopher Wray’s testimony last week — in which they warned that Chinese hackers could disrupt Americans’ way of life.
“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 — China was taking in other words to find and prepare to destroy or degrade the civilian critical infrastructure that keeps us safe and prosperous,” Wray told a House panel last week. “And let’s be clear, cyber threats to our critical infrastructure represent real world threats to our physical safety.”
The agencies wrote in an alert that they are “concerned” about the implications of the cyber operation.