FBI Issues Urgent Guidance Amid Cybersecurity Concerns, Warns of Potential Attacks Linked to China

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While the nation was engrossed in the Super Bowl festivities, the FBI and the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) discreetly released a joint guidance, sounding the alarm on potential cyber threats. The advisory comes as a response to recent warnings about potential attacks on critical infrastructure, allegedly linked to groups associated with the Chinese People’s Republic of China (PRC) government.

The guidance, titled “How to Live Off the Land,” is an imperative directive, signaling heightened concerns about cybersecurity threats that could pose risks to the nation. However, some analysts suggest that the guide might have a dual purpose, involving the targeting and surveillance of individuals utilizing off-grid techniques.

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The FBI, in collaboration with CISA, emphasizes the need for citizens and organizations to be prepared and vigilant in the face of evolving cyber threats. The advisory mentions recent actions taken by the FBI, including the use of a court order to remove malware from numerous routers across the United States. This move was prompted by suspicions that an advanced persistent threat group known as Volt Typhoon, allegedly connected to the Chinese government, was involved in orchestrating cyber attacks on critical infrastructure.

Highlighting the gravity of the situation, the FBI’s proactive measures included dismantling a botnet designed to provide persistent access to critical infrastructure. The attackers, believed to be part of Volt Typhoon, aimed to conceal their origin by routing their malicious traffic through compromised gateways.

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www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/2024-02/Joint-Guidance-Identifying-and-Mitigating-LOTL_V3508c.pdf

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