April 22, 2024

ChiComs ‘Upon Us Now’

FBI Director Christopher Wray warns of China’s widespread hacking campaign that has successfully infiltrated much of our nation’s infrastructure.

In a recent speech at Vanderbilt University, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned that Communist China, via its army of hackers, has effectively dug itself deep within America’s infrastructure.

Why? According to Wray, the ChiComs are waiting “for just the right moment to deal a devastating blow.”

Wray was speaking at the Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats. He added that “Volt Typhoon,” which is Beijing’s hacking campaign against the U.S., has successfully gained access to numerous American companies, including basic infrastructure services like water, energy, and telecommunications.

As Reuters reports, the Chinese plan to use this access “to physically wreak havoc on our critical infrastructure” at a time of their choosing. China’s plan, says Wray, “is to land low blows against civilian infrastructure to try to induce panic.”

Beijing’s rationale for this hacker campaign has everything to do with Taiwan, as the ChiComs can threaten to wreak havoc within the U.S. should we act in support of China’s “breakaway republic.”

Of course, China denies the claims, stating that it has nothing to do with Volt Typhoon and instead blaming it on a criminal ransomware group. China’s Washington embassy stated, “Some in the U.S. have been using origin-tracing of cyberattacks as a tool to hit and frame China, claiming the U.S. to be the victim while it’s the other way round, and politicizing cybersecurity issues.”

As far as Beijing’s timeline for acting against Taiwan, Wray estimated that China wants its cyber countermeasures fully in place by 2027. He noted that China’s hacking has focused primarily on non-financial institutions. “It took the hackers all of 15 minutes to steal data related to the control and monitoring systems while ignoring financial and business-related information, which suggests their goals were even more sinister than stealing a leg up economically.”

Meanwhile, China has been taking advantage of Joe Biden’s de facto open borders by not only sending in gobs of deadly fentanyl but Chinese nationals as well. In the last six months, more than 24,000 Chinese migrants have been encountered illegally crossing the southern border. Furthermore, an additional 17,700 Chinese migrants have entered the U.S. via the CBP One program.

Why are so many Chinese nationals coming to the U.S.? Furthermore, what are we to make of the reports that these Chinese nationals are using their own unique migration system, including staging grounds that are effectively off-limits to the press and others?

On the one hand, who can blame these people for wanting to escape from their totalitarian homeland? On the other hand, might not the porous border serve Beijing’s interests in funneling spies or other government agents into the U.S.?

America’s greatest geopolitical foe is China, and our greatest national security threat is our own border. Yet Biden and much of Washington are focused on wars in Ukraine and Israel.

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