US Government Disrupts Chinese Botnet Targeting Critical Infrastructure. Chinese Hackers Have Entire Nation In Crosshairs
Chinese hackers have the entire nation in their crosshairs, posturing themselves to be able to take down vital infrastructure and resources “at a moment’s notice” if conflict breaks out.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Government has reported that it disrupted a botnet network used by the Chinese hacker group “Volt Typhoon” by wiping malware from infected routers as the FBI Director stated that Chinese hackers have the entire nation in their crosshairs, posturing themselves to be able to take down vital infrastructure and resources “at a moment’s notice” if conflict breaks out.
In a court-authorized operation that the U.S. Justice Department says began in December of 2023, U.S.-based small office and home office (SOHO) routers that were hijacked by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) state-sponsored hackers were wiped of the KV Botnet nationwide.
“The hackers, known to the private sector as “Volt Typhoon,” used privately-owned SOHO routers infected with the “KV Botnet” malware to conceal the PRC origin of further hacking activities directed against U.S. and other foreign victims,” a statement by the Justice Department said.
It added, “These further hacking activities included a campaign targeting critical infrastructure organizations in the United States and elsewhere that was the subject of a May 2023 FBI, National Security Agency, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and foreign partner advisory.”