Microsoft warns China hackers attacked U.S. infrastructure

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On Wednesday, Microsoft issued a warning stating that Chinese state-sponsored hackers have successfully compromised “critical” cyber infrastructure in the United States across multiple industries, primarily aiming to gather intelligence.

The hacking group, known as “Volt Typhoon” and believed to be operating since mid-2021, has been identified by Microsoft, CNBC reported.

The organization’s primary objective appears to be disrupting the “critical communications infrastructure” between the United States and Asia.

Their actions are aimed at impeding efforts during potential future crises. The National Security Agency (NSA) has released a bulletin providing details on the hacking techniques employed and guidelines for cybersecurity teams to respond.

The attack is ongoing, as per Microsoft’s advisory. The company urges affected customers to take immediate action, such as closing or changing credentials for all compromised accounts.

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