FBI thwarts Chinese effort to plant sleeper malware on US routers to ‘wreak havoc’

‘CHINA … THE DEFINING THREAT OF OUR GENERATION’: The Justice Department and the FBI revealed yesterday that it has disrupted an audacious Chinese-based effort to employ a botnet to embed malicious software in vulnerable small-business and small-office routers that would lie in wait to cripple America’s water treatment plants, electrical grid, oil and gas pipelines, and transportation systems.

“China’s hackers are positioning on American infrastructure in preparation to wreak havoc and cause real-world harm to American citizens and communities, if and when China decides the time has come to strike,” FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the bipartisan House Committee on Strategic Competition between the U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party. “China’s multipronged assault on our national and economic security make it the defining threat of our generation.”

“The Volt Typhoon malware enabled China to hide, among other things, pre-operational reconnaissance and network exploitation against critical
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