The National Counterintelligence and Security Center this week launched a campaign to alert the public to growing threats posed by hackers from China, Russia and other foreign adversaries.
The center, part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, says private-sector companies need to be vigilant against the growing danger of cyberattacks by foreign intelligence services.
“Make no mistake: American companies are squarely in the crosshairs of well-financed nation-state actors who are routinely breaching private-sector networks, stealing proprietary data and compromising supply chains,” William Evanina, the center’s director, said in announcing the campaign Monday.
“The attacks are persistent, aggressive and cost our nation jobs, economic advantage and hundreds of billions of dollars,” he stated. “To enhance private-sector awareness, we’re arming U.S. companies with information they need to better understand and defend against these threats.”
After nearly two decades of largely ignoring Chinese and Russian cyberattacks targeting government secrets and private-sector proprietary information, the Trump administration has stepped up efforts against foreign hacking operations.
The administration for the first time publicly blamed China for the theft of 22.1 million records hacked from computers at the Office of Personnel Management, including sensitive data on employees who hold security clearances for access to secrets.