(Republican Leader) – A congressman from Nebraska, who is a member serving on the House Armed Services Committee, became extremely alarmed after he received a notification from the Federal Bureau of Investigation stating that his emails had been hacked by China earlier this year. And I think the Republican congressman has every reason to be concerned given the kind of activity we have witnessed being carried out by the Chinese Communist Party over the course of the last year. Spy balloons floating over the country for example.
“I thank the FBI for notifying me that the CCP hacked into my personal and campaign emails from May 15th to June 16th of this year. The CCP hackers utilized a vulnerability in the Microsoft software, and this was not due to ‘user error.’” Republican Rep. Don Bacon stated in a post published on social media, according to The Western Journal.
“Thus, there were other victims in this cyber operation. The Communist government in China are not our friends and are very active in conducting cyber espionage. I’ll work overtime to ensure Taiwan gets every $ of the $19B in weapons backlog they’ve ordered, and more.” he continued.
A representative who works for Bacon disclosed that the FBI indicated China had stolen information that related to Bacon’s “personal banking, political strategy, and political fundraising,” a report from Reuters said. A representative from the Chinese Embassy responded to the claim by calling it a “smear” that was part of what they referred to as a “groundless narrative.”
Thus, there were other victims in this cyber operation. The Communist government in China are not our friends and are very active in conducting cyber espionage. I’ll work overtime to ensure Taiwan gets every $ of the $19B in weapons backlog they’ve ordered, and more. (2/2)
— Rep. Don Bacon 🇺🇸 (@RepDonBacon) August 14, 2023
Is it just simply impossible for those connected with the Chinese government to tell the truth? Will they be executed by the CCP if they don’t lie and attempt to cover up the illegal activities their government continues to participate in?
Bacon, in another post made on social media, penned, “Plain and simple, the Chinese Communist Party is a bully. I will not back down. I will always stand up for freedom and human rights around the world.”
Plain and simple, the Chinese Communist Party is a bully. I will not back down. I will always stand up for freedom and human rights around the world.
— Rep. Don Bacon 🇺🇸 (@RepDonBacon) August 15, 2023
That is definitely the truth.
The hack on Bacon’s personal information comes at the same time other cyber intrusions have picked up in frequency, as per reports from The Hill. Just last month, hackers aligned with China hacked into the email of Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns. This has become a repeated problem.
“Republicans on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee are probing breaches of email systems in agencies such as the State Department and the Department of Commerce,” Jack Davis of TWJ noted.
The China-linked hack of the Biden administration victimizing Microsoft customers has spread to Congress. https://t.co/DnP8ydah9V
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) August 15, 2023
An article from The Washington Post revealed, “the breach has alarmed experts for another reason: It was unclear how the government could have prevented it while relying exclusively on Microsoft for cloud, email and authentication services. Microsoft has said that the hackers obtained powerful signing keys they needed to create verified customer identities that could sidestep multifactor authentication. Combined with other Microsoft failings, millions of people could have been exposed to attack.”
An alert from Microsoft divulged “stealthy and targeted malicious activity focused on post-compromise credential access and network system discovery aimed at critical infrastructure organizations in the United States.”
The advisory read, “Volt Typhoon, a state-sponsored actor based in China that typically focuses on espionage and information gathering” is responsible for the attacks.
What’s the purpose of these hacks? Well, it isn’t good.
“Microsoft assesses with moderate confidence that this Volt Typhoon campaign is pursuing development of capabilities that could disrupt critical communications infrastructure between the United States and Asia region during future crises,” Microsoft commented.
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