FBI Director Warns of Chinese Hackers Determined to ‘Wreak Havoc’ on Americans

(TargetDailyNews.com) – According to FBI Director Christopher Wray, America needs to wake up to the nefarious plans China has for destabilizing the nation’s infrastructure through electronic attacks. He says China is already positioning itself to hack critical public works such as water treatment facilities, oil and gas pipes, and much more.

“There has been far too little public focus” on the problem, Wray said during testimony before Congress on January 31st. Wray says hackers from the communist country are ready to “wreak havoc” on American facilities and cause “real harm” to U.S. citizens.

Wray joined other government heads to deliver the warning to lawmakers at a hearing held by the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party. It is not just a worry for the future, he claimed, but something that is going on right now, “today, and literally every day.” Wray said Chinese hackers are already engaging in corporate and government espionage, stealing U.S. security information as well as intellectual property from private companies.

The purpose, according to Wray, is not only to weaken American security and infrastructure but to undermine basic American freedoms and morale. The hackers want to “coerce and threaten” American citizens, as well as what he called “residents.” That may have been a nod to the extraordinary number of illegal aliens inside the country right now.

This subject is not new to the FBI head; he told Congress in 2023 that for every single FBI agent on the case against hacking, China has at least 50 personnel. No nation has taken more “personal and corporate data” from the U.S. than China, Wray warned.

Wray was joined in his testimony by other top security officials, such as Jen Easterly, head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. They warned that everyday services that most Americans rely on without a second thought, such as the availability of oil and gas, or public transportation, are already threatened by China’s ruling communist party.

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