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Chinese Hackers Targeting US, Guam Aim to Disrupt Communications, Microsoft Says

  • Group’s aim is to disrupt communications, researchers believe
  • Guam has become increasingly important strategic hub for US


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A Chinese state-sponsored hacking group has stealthily gained access to infrastructure organizations in Guam and elsewhere in the US, with the likely aim of disrupting critical communications in the event of a crisis, according to Microsoft Corp. 

In a report published Wednesday, Microsoft said the group known as Volt Typhoon had been active since mid-2021, targeting organizations that span manufacturing, construction, maritime, government, information technology and education. Microsoft said it notified targeted or compromised customers after assessing with “moderate confidence” that the hacks were being carried out in preparation to upend communications during a future crisis.