Cybersecurity researchers from Microsoft say they have uncovered a state-sponsored hacking group from China that has for the past two years been actively targeting critical infrastructure organizations in the United States. 

The researchers claim the group, which it calls Volt Typhoon, is focused on espionage and information gathering, with the goal of developing solutions that can disrupt critical communications infrastructure between the United States and Asia during future crises. 

The US and China are currently in disagreement over the future of Taiwan, with some media outlets even claiming the Chinese are getting ready for a full-scale invasion on the island. The US president Joe Biden said, on multiple occasions, that the US is ready to defend Taiwan with military force, if need be. 

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Taiwan is, among other things, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of semiconductors.

Since mid-2021, the group has been actively targeting organizations in industries such as communications, manufacturing, utility, transportation, construction, maritime, government, information technology, and education, in Guam, and elsewhere in the US, Microsoft claims. 

Guam is an unincorporated territory of the United States in the Micronesia subregion of the western Pacific Ocean, relatively close to Taiwan. 

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Source:: TechRadar – All the latest technology news


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