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US cybersecurity agency urges utilities to increase protections, warns of potential attacks from China

October 5, 2020

According to CISA, China “has a history of using national military and economic resources to leverage offensive cyber tactics in pursuing its national interests.” The agency warned that attacks could target industries considered critical to U.S. national and economic interests, including: new energy vehicles, power equipment, next generation information technology (IT), biotechnology, robotics, financial services, defense and other sectors.

CISA said the U.S. intelligence community has identified the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and Ministry of State Security “as driving forces behind Chinese state-sponsored cyberattacks–either through contractors in the Chinese private sector or by the PLA and MSS entities themselves.”

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