Experts claim ‘mitigating’ Beijing’s surveillance could be ‘challenging’
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A group of state-sponsored Chinese hackers have been conducting a sophisticated surveillance operation on key US infrastructure assets, tech giant Microsoft claimed on Wednesday, warning that similar practices could be happening elsewhere in the world.
In a statement, Microsoft claimed that the group – which has been dubbed ‘Volt Typhoon’ – has been surveilling US infrastructure organizations, including in the telecommunications and transportation sectors, since mid-2021. It has also, the tech company said, conducted operations to spy on United States facilities in Guam, where key US military assets are housed in the Pacific Ocean.
Microsoft said that “mitigating this attack could be challenging” and that Beijing was making efforts to reduce Washington’s abilities to communicate with the “Asian region.”
The tech company also claimed to have assessed with “moderate confidence” that this Volt Typhoon campaign was “pursuing the development of capabilities that could disrupt critical communications infrastructure between the United States and the Asia region during future crises.”
Microsoft added that it believed the Volt Typhoon campaign to be targeting a range of US infrastructure sectors, including communications, manufacturing, utility, transportation, construction, maritime, government, information technology and education.