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NSA, Microsoft Issue Critical Cyberthreat Report to US Infrastructures Backed by Chinese State-Sponsored Actor

The United States, through the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Microsoft and others, Published Joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) Intelligence Information It named the US-based operations of Bolt Typhoon, a state-sponsored organized cybercriminal group based in China. This report outlines operations aimed at infiltrating and compromising critical infrastructure in a variety of areas across the continental United States. In addition, how individuals associated with this group will be able to live on land in the continental United States by adopting technology to live offshore (meaning isolated, self-sufficient cells) and practice keyboards (operating entirely online). It details how it operated without being detected.

According to Microsoft: moderate confidence It said the group’s campaign aims to pursue “development of capabilities that could disrupt critical communications infrastructure between the United States and the Asian region in the event of a future crisis.”

Bolt Typhoon’s preferred attack vectors identified by cyber and national security experts. (Image credit: Microsoft)

Bolt Typhoon activity in the United States dates back to at least mid-2021 and targets multiple organizations across multiple sectors of the economy. Communications, manufacturing, utilities, transportation, construction, maritime, government, information technology and education sectors.

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