FBI: Chinese Hackers Preparing to ‘Wreak Havoc and Cause Real-World Harm to American Citizens’

FBI Director Christopher Wray has issued a chilling warning about an apparent threat from Chinese Communist Party hackers.

According to Wray, Chinese hackers are preparing to “wreak havoc and cause real-world harm to American citizens and communities.”

Wray issued the warning to lawmakers during a hearing on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

The FBI chief and other government officials are testifying in front of the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party.

The hearing is titled “The Chinese Community Party Cyber Threat to the American Homeland and National Security.”

Wray told lawmakers:

“There has been far too little public focus on the fact that PRC [People’s Republic of China aka Communist China] hackers are targeting our critical infrastructure – our water treatment plants, our electrical grid, our oil and natural gas pipelines, our transportation systems.

“And the risk that poses to every American requires our attention now.

“China’s hackers are positioning on American infrastructure in preparation to wreak havoc and cause real-world harm to American citizens and communities, if and when China decides the time has come to strike,” he added.

Wray also said that “today, and literally every day” Chinese hackers are “actively attacking our economic security, engaging in wholesale theft of our innovation, and our personal and corporate data.”

“And they don’t just hit our security and economy,” Wray testified.

“They target our freedoms, reaching inside our borders, across America, to silence, coerce, and threaten our citizens and residents.”

Wray previously testified in April last year that FBI agents are outnumbered by “at least 50 to 1” when attempting to address the threat China poses to critical infrastructure through its cyber hacking practices.

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He said Beijing has stolen more personal and corporate data from the U.S. than any other nation.

During a House Appropriations Committee hearing at the time, Wray said:

“They’ve got a bigger hacking program than every other major nation combined and have stolen more of our personal and corporate data than all other nations – big or small combined.”

Wray testified:

“To give you a sense of what we’re up against, if each one of the FBI’s cyber agents and intel analysts focused exclusively on the China threat – on nothing but China – Chinese hackers would still outnumber FBI cyber personnel by at least 50 to 1.”

READ MORE – Group of Ex-FBI Officials Issue Alert to Congress of ‘Imminent’Border Danger: ‘Country Has Been Invaded’

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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