If the situation between China and the United States was already tense, we do not want to imagine how it will be now. According to The Guardian, a group of hackers working for the Chinese government has reportedly spied on a number of critical U.S. infrastructures. This information would come from several intelligence agencies and Microsoft itself, who have warned that other countries would also be affected.
In a statement issued by the Five Eyes intelligence alliance authorities, comprised of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, those countries warn of the serious discovery: “The United States and international cybersecurity authorities are issuing this joint cybersecurity advisory (CSA) to highlight a recently discovered series of activities of interest associated with a state-sponsored cyber-agent from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), also known as Volt Typhoon.
Volt Typhoon is a Chinese hacking group that has been active since 2021, according to Microsoft, and has in the past attacked critical infrastructure on Guam, a prominent U.S. military outpost in the Pacific.
And dealing with this situation will not be easy. The Volt Typhoon cyberattack is believed to be one of the largest known cyberespionage campaigns against critical U.S. infrastructure, including communications, utilities, transportation, government and education companies, among others.
Suspicions that the Chinese government could obtain the data of U.S. citizens were precisely the trigger that encouraged various U.S. politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, to promote the banning of TikTok in the country. For the time being, the state of Montana has already signed a law that will ban the app as of January 1, 2024, although TikTok has denounced it for allegedly violating the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
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