- FBI Director Christopher Wray testified at a House committee hearing to warn U.S. officials of the cybersecurity threat posed by the Chinese government.
- Wray has rang several alarm bells about Chinese government spying efforts over the past few years.
- Microsoft in May said that Chinese hackers were targeting U.S. cyber infrastructure.
The FBI shut down a major China-backed hacking group that attacked hundreds of routers and had been working to compromise U.S. cyber infrastructure, FBI Director Christopher Wray announced Wednesday at a House committee hearing.
Chinese hackers have been targeting U.S. water treatment plants, the power grid, oil and natural gas pipelines, and transportation systems, Wray told the committee.
“Today, and literally every day, they’re actively attacking our economic security, engaging in wholesale theft of our innovation, and our personal and corporate data,” he said.
Wray’s comments add to a slew of warnings about the threat of China to U.S. cybersecurity.
Microsoft in May said Chinese hackers were targeting U.S. cyber infrastructure and urged impacted customers to change their security details. In July, Chinese hackers also compromised the email accounts of the U.S. ambassador to China and other officials.
Wray himself has been ringing alarm bells on China for years. In February 2022, he told NBC News that he was shocked to learn how widespread Chinese spying had become when he became FBI director. Later that year, he joined British officials in London to issue another warning about Chinese national security threats, including the country’s intention to invade the self-governing island of Taiwan.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.