Denison Forum

Dr. Ryan Denison

“China’s hackers are positioning on American infrastructure in preparation to wreak havoc and cause real-world harm to American citizens and communities, if or when China decides the time has come to strike.” That is how FBI director Christopher Wray described our cybersecurity status with China before a House subcommittee this week.

And while it does not appear such large-scale cybersecurity attacks are imminent, China has already been caught attempting to access critical infrastructure sectors like our power grid, water systems, and oil pipelines as recently as last year.

Jen Easterly, the director of the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, likened it to the Russian ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline in 2021, but on a far more massive scale. For context, that previous attack—which closed a single pipeline for six days—resulted in more than 10 percent of the nation’s gas stations going dry until service was restored.

However, Americans are not the only ones facing the daunting prospect of such interference. It turns out, China is increasing its attempts to meddle with its own populace as well. More Here

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