US aware of Chinese sponsored ‘SPY’ tying to get access to critical infrastructure

The U.S. State Department on Thursday (May 25) said it is aware of recent activity by a Chinese-sponsored cyber actor to develop a presence in networks across U.S. critical infrastructure. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters that the intelligence community assesses that China is almost certainly capable of launching cyber attacks that could disrupt critical infrastructure in the United States, including against oil and gas pipelines and rail systems. A group of Chinese hackers who recently triggered a multi-nation alert have been conducting a cyberespionage campaign against military and government targets in the United States, researchers said on Thursday. The Chinese government has rejected assertions that its spies are going after Western targets, calling the joint warning issued by the United States and its allies a "collective disinformation campaign." The group - dubbed "Volt Typhoon" by Microsoft - was the subject of an alert issued by cybersecurity and intelligence agencies in the United States, Britain and their close allies. Chinese cyber spies have been seen to "primarily target organizations in the U.S. in defense and government verticals (fields), primarily for espionage purposes," according to researcher Marc Burnard, whose organization - Secureworks - has dealt with several intrusions tied to Volt Typhoon. The Sun newspaper brings you the latest breaking news videos and explainers from the UK and around the world Become a Sun Subscriber and hit the bell to be the first to know Read The Sun: Like The Sun on Facebook: Follow The Sun on Twitter: Subscribe to The Sun on Snapchat: #usnews #china #worldnews
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