U.S. Military Officials Looking For Chinese Malware That Could Harm Military Operations

(TargetDailyNews.com) – The Biden administration is looking for what it believes to be a piece of Chinese malware that has infiltrated U.S. military computer systems, power grid, as well as water supplies that help maintain military bases at home and abroad.

Military officials fear that Chinese hackers working with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have inserted the malware to harm critical U.S. infrastructure in the event of a conflict between the two countries. Such a possibility looms over rising tensions between the U.S. and China over Taiwan. The island nation, officially calling itself the “Republic of China,” is the result of the democratic government that was exiled after Mao Zedong over the mainland in 1949. Mainland China has been ruled by the CCP ever since.

One congressional official told The New York Times that the malware is a “ticking time bomb” that could potentially go off at any moment. He added that the Chinese government could use the malicious software to cut off water and other supplies to U.S. military bases. According to military officials, however, the impact of a potential cyber attack could also affect civilians, such as by cutting off power and water supplies for homes and businesses.

The first signs of potential malware occurred in May when Microsoft detected an unknown piece of code in their communications system in Guam. Guam is a Pacific island under American jurisdiction, and is also home to a large military airbase. U.S. officials, who spoke to the Times under the condition of anonymity, also said that the current investigation shows that the Chinese effort is far broader than originally expected. However, it is currently not known whether the malware is intended to specifically disrupt military infrastructure in the event of a conflict, or if it is intended to also inflict damage on civilian infrastructure as well.

In response to the Times’ report on the cyberattacks, the Chinese embassy in Washington released a statement denying its involvement, instead accusing the U.S. of regularly waging cyber warfare on China.

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