The Chinese government denies that its spies are infiltrating Western infrastructure, calling the US-led warning a “collective disinformation campaign.”
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning told reporters that the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand notifications were meant to promote their intelligence cooperation, the Five Eyes and that Washington hacked.
“The United States is the empire of hacking,” Mao stated.
The reply comes after Five Eyes nations and Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) warned about Volt Typhoon, a Chinese hacker outfit.
Analysts believe Volt Typhoon has aroused worries because of its focus on crucial infrastructure, particularly US-Pacific communications cables. In addition, Chinese spies have long been active online against the US and its allies.
The group’s stealthiness also attracts attention.
Secureworks responded to at least three Volt Typhoon hacks and said the gang routinely covers its tracks.
The business also supported Western claims that the cyber gang, “Bronze Silhouette,” works for Beijing.
Secureworks, a Dell Technologies (DELL.N) subsidiary, claimed Chinese spies were boosting their game due to “likely increased pressure from (Chinese) leadership to avoid public scrutiny of its cyberespionage activity.”