The Biden administration is investigating potential China-affiliated malware that could be targeting U.S. military bases around the world. The malware, which is hidden in networks that control power grids and water supplies, could be used to disrupt U.S. military operations or even cut off power and water to bases.
This cunningly hidden malware, believed to be the work of the People’s Liberation Army, poses a significant risk to US military operations. It has also raised concerns that China is trying to gain a strategic advantage over the U.S. The malware could be used to cripple U.S. military operations in the event of a conflict, or even to cause widespread disruption in the U.S. civilian population.
The malware campaign’s first public signs emerged when Microsoft identified mysterious computer code in Guam’s telecommunications systems, where a major U.S. air base is located. However, the extent of this cyber espionage goes beyond telecommunications and dates back at least a year.
The White House has convened a series of Situation Room meetings involving senior officials from the National Security Council, Pentagon, Homeland Security Department, and federal surveillance agencies to address the issue urgently.
While efforts are underway to locate and neutralize the hidden code, the full scope of its presence globally remains unclear due to its sophisticated concealment. The administration has also begun briefing Congress, state governors, and utility companies about the findings, emphasizing the gravity of the situation.
The sources for this piece include an article in NewYorkPost.