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China-backed hackers have been infiltrating major U.S. critical infrastructure sectors for at least five years, according to an intelligence advisory from U.S. agencies. The hacking group, Volt Typhoon, has targeted sectors such as water, transportation, energy, and communications by exploiting vulnerabilities in networking systems and using stolen credentials. One alarming capability of the group is its control over surveillance camera systems, which could enable disruptions in critical controls of energy and water facilities.
This campaign, detailed by the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the NSA, and the FBI, underscores a bold shift in China's cyber operations strategy, extending beyond traditional espionage to potentially seizing control of vital U.S. systems.
The advisory issued by U.S. agencies, along with authorities from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, highlights the international concern over China's cyber activities. It reveals a broader pattern of targeting by China not limited to the U.S. but extending to other allied nations as well. The revelations come amid increased U.S. apprehensions of China initiating destructive cyberattacks amidst tensions over Taiwan.
The collaborative warning points to a broader pattern of targeting by China, not limited to the U.S. but extending to other allied nations as well.
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