Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich, and other officials will announce today, Sept. 16, “charges and arrests related to a computer intrusion campaign linked to the Chinese government [CCP],” Reuters announced.
Although the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) did not provide further details, on many occasions people linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have been prosecuted and convicted for similar crimes, as listed by the DOJ on its website.
The White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, warned on Aug. 9 that hackers linked to the CCP are targeting the U.S. electoral infrastructure, and are attempting to undermine the re-election of President Donald Trump.
Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) Bill Evanina stated in a press release about the possible threats to the U.S. electoral process.
“Many foreign actors have a preference for who wins the election, which they express through a range of overt and private statements; covert influence efforts are rarer. We are primarily concerned about the ongoing and potential activity by China, Russia, and Iran,” Evanina said, according to the Office of the National Director of Intelligence.
“We assess that China prefers that President Trump—whom Beijing sees as unpredictable—does not win re-election. China [the CCP] has been expanding its influence efforts ahead of November 2020 to shape the policy environment in the United States,” Evanina also warned.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) echoed Evanina’s remarks, stating that “China [the CCP] would prefer Joe Biden” as the winner of the next U.S. presidential election, which would go against President Donald Trump’s re-election.
Pelosi expressed the CCP’s preference for Democratic candidate Joe Biden in an Aug. 9 interview on CNN.
Typically, hackers linked to the CCP specialize in illegally obtaining trade secrets and other intellectual property, which have cost U.S. institutions a great deal of research and development effort.
However, they are versatile in their objectives. In previous months they have attempted to steal the scientific knowledge of the development of vaccines against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
U.S. laboratories conducting studies to investigate vaccines to combat the CCP Virus are among the hundreds of entities that fell victim to data-stealing hacking, according to a Justice Department report.