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China hackers targeting US’s critical infra: FBI director

Updated on: 01 February,2024 02:39 AM IST  |  Washington
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Wray says that that there’s been “far too little public focus” on a cyber threat that affects “every American,” according to a copy of prepared remarks that he is to give before the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party

China hackers targeting US’s critical infra: FBI director

Chris Wray

Chinese government hackers are busily targeting water treatment plants, the electrical grid, transportation systems and other critical infrastructure inside the US, FBI Director Chris Wray is set to tell House lawmakers on Wednesday in a fresh warning from Washington about Beijing’s global ambitions.


Wray says that that there’s been “far too little public focus” on a cyber threat that affects “every American,” according to a copy of prepared remarks that he is to give before the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party.


“China’s hackers are positioning on American infrastructure in preparation to wreak havoc and cause real-world harm to American citizens and communities, if or when China decides the time has come to strike,” he says.


The comments align with assessments from outside cybersecurity firms including Microsoft, which said in May that state-backed Chinese hackers have been targeting US critical infrastructure and could be laying the technical groundwork for the potential disruption of critical communications between the US and Asia during future crises.

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