AP: Critical entities targeted in suspected Chinese cyber spying
Wed June, 2021, Age: 3 years
A cyberespionage campaign attributed to China was more sweeping than previously known, with the suspected state-backed hackers of of Pulse Connect Secure networking devices–which came to light in April–also targeting the telecommunications company Verizon, the U.S.’s biggest water agency, and “dozens” of other high-value entities, including critical organizations. Earlier reporting also indicated that the New York City subway system was breached as part of the same attack. Pulse Secure is used by companies and governments for secure remote access to their networks. It is unclear what sensitive information, if any, was compromised. But the Pulse Secure attack has been underreported even as headline-grabbing attacks originating in Russia, including the SolarWinds campaign and the DarkSide ransomware attack on U.S. critical infrastructure have raised awareness about national cyber vulnerabilities. The Chinese government has denied any role in the Pulse Secure hack and the U.S. government has not made any formal attribution.