According to a study from Microsoft, the espionage has also targeted Guam, a U.S. territory with strategically significant American military installations, and “mitigating this attack could be challenging.” Experts claim that despite the fact that China and the United States frequently spy on one another, this is one of the greatest known Chinese cyberespionage efforts targeting crucial American infrastructure.
Speaking on behalf of the Chinese foreign ministry, Mao Ning said on Thursday that the Five Eyes nations—the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the UK—who share intelligence with China were engaged in a “collective disinformation campaign” about the hacking charges. The Five Eyes nations are a gathering of nations that share intelligence.
According to Mao, the U.S. started the campaign for geopolitical reasons, and the analysis from Microsoft analysts revealed that the government of the United States was spreading its channels of misinformation outside of official organizations. She said at a regular news briefing in Beijing: “But no matter what diverse means are utilized, none of this can erase the fact that the United States is the empire of hacking.
Although the number of impacted firms was not immediately known, the US National Security Agency (NSA) announced that it was collaborating to find breaches with organizations in the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand issued a warning that they may also be the target of the hackers.
Microsoft experts expressed “moderate confidence” that the Chinese organization known as “Volt Typhoon” was creating tools that may compromise the vital communications networks between the United States and Asia during future crises. According to John Hultquist, who oversees threat research at Google’s Mandiant Intelligence, “it means they are preparing for that possibility.”