yawn at FBI alert about Chinese hackers

House legislators received a warning from FBI Director Christopher Wray on Chinese hackers, who are preparing to “inflict damage and cause real-world harm” to the United States. Given that the so-called “House Select Committee on Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party” was formed specifically to fight and attack China, this news should come as no surprise. Is there any other purpose it could have? By implying that Chinese hackers are positioned within American infrastructure, ready to wreak havoc whenever China determines it’s time to strike, Wray further heightened anxiety and worry.

 

The United States has repeatedly duped China into falling into its own self-serving traps. However, it conveniently ignores the PRISM incident, which surfaced in 2013 when former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden disclosed that up to 35 world leaders’ emails and cellphone conversations had been surveilled by Washington. There were rumors in 2022 that China had taken possession of “NOPEN,” a remote control program used by the US National Security Agency to operate Unix/Linux computers. This tool was discovered to have taken over international internet equipment and siphoned off vast amounts of user data. It was also capable of covertly breaking into a victim’s PC to obtain critical information.

 

Even more absurd is the statement made by Jen Easterly, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, to the committee which purports to “induce societal panic” through ransomware attacks on US firms or essential systems. Some US lawmakers continue to be fixated on backstabbing, despite China’s concerted efforts to mend fences and bring the stale relationship back on course. When they’re not spreading fear throughout society, they’re planting doubts about where they really want Sino-US ties to go. Besides, who else would finance the FBI and CISA to sow fear in the public? That’s within their jurisdiction. Putting duty aside, though, they ought to go for the correct enemy rather than the “easy” one.

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