Update: Jul 21, 2021 2:06 AM STI
Washington DC [US]July 21 (ANI): Chinese state-funded hackers successfully infiltrated 13 U.S. pipeline operators from 2011 to 2013, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced on Tuesday (local time).
“The US government has identified and followed 23 US pipeline operators targeted from 2011 to 2013 in this spear-phishing and trespassing campaign,” the CISA notice said. “Tize were confirmed compromises, three were near misses and eight had an unknown depth of intrusion.”
The security agency said the U.S. federal government specifically attributed the attacks to state-sponsored and Chinese government-backed forces. “The US government attributed this activity to Chinese state sponsored actors. The CISA and the FBI assess that these actors specifically targeted US pipeline infrastructure with the aim of endangering US pipeline infrastructure,” indicates the notice.
U.S. security agencies believed the attacks were ultimately aimed at helping China develop cyberattack capabilities against U.S. pipelines to physically damage pipelines or disrupt pipeline operations, he added.
It comes a day after the United States and its foreign allies accused China of overseeing widespread attempts to extort money from cyberspace. U.S. security agencies have issued a new advisory on a major threat to cyberspace assets of the United States and its allies from Chinese state-sponsored cyber activities, including ransomware attacks.
In a coordinated announcement, a Joint Cyber Security Advisory (CSA) released on Monday says state-backed cyber actors are aggressively targeting political, economic, military, educational and critical (CI) infrastructure to steal sensitive data and key emerging technologies, intellectual property, and personally identifiable information (PII).
An unprecedented group of US allies and partners, including the EU, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and NATO, have joined in denouncing and criticizing cyber activities malicious acts of the Chinese Ministry of State Security.
Meanwhile, China has denied accusations that actors linked to its government were behind the Microsoft Exchange hack and other “malicious cyber activity.” (ANI)