US authorities have accused the Volt Typhoon group, allegedly financed by the Chinese government, of infiltrating the US critical infrastructure computer network. The attack took place on Wednesday, May 24, as reported by the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
The Volt Typhoon group specialized in carrying out attacks on critical infrastructure sectors, and could use the same tactics against other sectors internationally, according to the National Security Agency (NSA).
“For a long time, China has been conducting operations around the world to steal intellectual property and sensitive data from critical infrastructure organizations in different countries,” said CISA director Jen Isterley. She believes that China uses complex methods for attacks on the US critical infrastructure.
In addition, Brian Wordran, the FBI’s assistant director for cybersecurity, has warned China against harmful activities directed against critical infrastructure organizations. The FBI continues to monitor this ongoing threat and work to prevent further cyber attacks.
The US government is working to strengthen the country’s cybersecurity defenses to protect the critical infrastructure systems that are vital to the national and economic security of the country. They urge organizations in all sectors to be vigilant and take measures to protect their networks against potential cyber attacks.