US Is Afraid Of Chinese Malware Hidden In Key Infrastructure

Alarm bells are ringing in the US with fears that the Chinese have planted a “ticking time bomb” inside key US infrastructure according to the New York Times:

The Biden administration is hunting for malicious computer code it believes China has hidden deep inside the networks controlling power grids, communications systems and water supplies that feed military bases in the United States and around the world, according to American military, intelligence and national security officials.

The discovery of the malware has raised fears that Chinese hackers, probably working for the People’s Liberation Army, have inserted code designed to disrupt U.S. military operations in the event of a conflict, including if Beijing moves against Taiwan in coming years.

The malware, one congressional official said, was essentially “a ticking time bomb” that could give China the power to interrupt or slow American military deployments or resupply operations by cutting off power, water and communications to U.S. military bases. But its impact could be far broader, because that same infrastructure often supplies the houses and businesses of ordinary Americans, according to U.S. officials.

That’s not good if that’s actually true. Joe Saunders, CEO, RunSafe Security had this comment:

The threat of a ticking time bomb like this malware means we need to double-down our efforts to achieve not just memory safety in software in the long term, but memory protection in software immediately. Otherwise we take the risk of losing our ability to support our warfighters and maintain a normal sense of operation in society.

Hopefully this “ticking time bomb” is identified and countermeasures are created to stop it. Because a “ticking time bomb” like this cannot be allowed to go off. Period.

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