Chinese Hackers Did WHAT?

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( – In an alarming discovery revealing the extent of a foreign scheme seeking to destroy the country from within, U.S. cybersecurity experts found that China-backed hackers have been hiding in essential American computer networks for years.

These hackers are in a position where they could potentially disrupt key areas like communications, energy, transportation and water systems.

The alert about the Chinese cyber group known as Volt Typhoon comes from the FBI, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency (CISA), which sounded the alarm based on their investigations into U.S. systems that have been compromised.

The warning managed to form a united front since it is backed by cybersecurity teams from other countries, including Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

CISA revealed, “The U.S. authoring agencies have recently observed indications of Volt Typhoon actors maintaining access and footholds within some victim IT environments for at least five years.”

Officials tracked the Volt Typhoon hackers breaking into systems across vital U.S. sectors and even reaching into territories like Guam. These hackers meticulously study their targets before and after they gain entry to the networks.

Once inside, these cyber attackers stay under the radar and explore ways to spread into the operational technology systems that control crucial operations, like water supply management.

According to CISA, “Volt Typhoon’s choice of targets and pattern of behavior is not consistent with traditional cyber espionage or intelligence gathering operations, and the U.S. authoring agencies assess with high confidence that Volt Typhoon actors are pre-positioning themselves on IT networks to enable lateral movement to OT assets to disrupt functions.”

In Canada, cybersecurity authorities saw a lesser threat to their systems but acknowledged that any attack on the U.S. could indirectly impact Canada as well. Officials in Australia and New Zealand also expressed concerns about the vulnerability of their critical infrastructure to these attacks.

The seriousness of the Volt Typhoon threat was highlighted during a House Select Committee hearing on the Chinese Communist Party, with leaders from the FBI, NSA, and CISA discussing the risks.

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray mentioned at the hearing that the U.S. carried out an operation against Volt Typhoon, which the Justice Department claimed hindered China’s attempts to compromise critical systems that could be exploited during a crisis.