Chinese hackers target U.S. defense, national security networks ahead of Election Day

Monday, October 26, 2020
By Paul Martin

by: JD Heyes
NaturalNews.com
Monday, October 26, 2020

Hackers linked to the Communist regime in China are once again targeting American military and security networks, according to a warning from the National Security Agency this week.

In an advisory, the NSA warned that “Chinese state-sponsored malicious cyber activity” remains one of the biggest threats to the Defense Department’s information networks, national security systems, and military industrial base.

And the warning comes just weeks ahead of Election Day which will either see President Donald Trump, who has been harder on China than any U.S. president in decades, reelected, or replaced by former Vice President Joe Biden, someone widely viewed as being too soft on Beijing because he and his son are financially compromised by the regime there.

“These networks often undergo a full array of tactics and techniques used by Chinese state-sponsored cyber actors to exploit computer networks of interest that hold sensitive intellectual property, economic, political, and military information,” the NSA said in the advisory.

The agency implored organizations and firms to harden their information networks by prioritizing patches and other efforts aimed at mitigating intrusions like changing passwords regularly and shutting down external management capabilities.

Hackers use several techniques to expose and infiltrate information networks, and the NSA listed many of them in its advisory, The Epoch Times reported.

“These networks often undergo a full array of tactics and techniques used by Chinese state-sponsored cyber actors to exploit computer networks of interest that hold sensitive intellectual property, economic, political, and military information,” the alert warned.

The Wall Street Journal added:

The U.S. armed forces, defense contractors and U.S. universities engaged in defense research have for years seen China’s theft of military secrets as a top national security issue.

A series of internal audits concluded the threat was far more dire than officials had previously realized. A Navy review last year, for example, concluded the Navy and its industry partners were “under cyber siege” by China and others who have stolen national security secrets in recent years, exploiting critical weaknesses that threaten the U.S.’s standing as the world’s top military power.

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