Chinese hackers’ 5-years in US infrastructure

Volt Typhoon, a group of Chinese hackers, has resided in critical industry networks for 5+ years.
  • Per US-led advisory, Volt Typhoon, a group of Chinese hackers, has been operating within critical industry networks for 5+ years.
  • The advisory shows compromised environments span the continental US and Guam, involving allied agencies from Australia, Canada, the UK, and New Zealand.
  • FBI Director Wray warns Congress that Chinese hackers are poised to strike US infrastructure and cause harm to citizens.

In the shadowy field of cyber-espionage, one name has emerged as a persistent thorn in the side of US critical infrastructure: Volt Typhoon. For at least five years, this enigmatic group of Chinese hackers has covertly infiltrated critical IT networks across America, sending shockwaves through the nation’s security apparatus. Believed to be backed by the Chinese government, it operates with stealth and precision, targeting a wide array of sectors vital to the nation’s infrastructure. 

No sector is immune from its prying eyes, from communications and energy to transportation systems and water facilities. Who exactly are the members of Volt Typhoon, and what have they been doing in the heart of US critical infrastructure for half a decade? Let’s delve into the clandestine world of cyber-warfare and geopolitical maneuvering.

What has the Volt Typhoon been doing?

In a joint advisory published on Wednesday, the National Security Agency (NSA), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and FBI revealed that the state-sponsored group of hackers from China had infiltrated networks spanning aviation, rail, mass transit, highway, maritime, pipeline, water, and sewage sectors. 

This alarming development signals a strategic shift from their usual cyber-espionage tactics to a focus on pre-positioning for potential destructive cyberattacks in times of conflict or crisis. The advisory, jointly signed by cybersecurity agencies from the UK, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, follows a similar…