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U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt American Military Operations

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A fighter jet taking off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam earlier this year.

The Chinese code, the officials say, appears directed at ordinary utilities that often serve both civilian populations and nearby military bases.

Credit: Chang W. Lee/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.


From The New York Times
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