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Congress Affirms Chinese Hackers Are Targeting U.S. Infrastructure

Congress has unveiled sanctions against Chinese hackers tied to Beijing's elite spy network, accused of breaching vital U.S. infrastructures.

In a defining moment aimed at curtailing China’s cyber encroachment, Congress took a decisive stand this week, unveiling sanctions against Chinese hackers tied to Beijing’s elite spy network, accused of breaching vital U.S. infrastructures, such as power grids and water systems. This significant move intensifies the already brewing tensions between the U.S. and China.

This escalation is a direct response to China’s increasingly bold cyber incursions. The culprits, identified as belonging to the Advanced Persistent Threat 31, or APT31, have a long history of aiming at American targets, ranging from corporate entities to high-ranking political figures.

Congress understands that there are looming cyber threats, especially with the precarious situation concerning Taiwan. U.S. intelligence agencies have raised alarms, suggesting that in a scenario where the U.S. defends Taiwan, China could deploy malware to disrupt essential American services, compelling the nation to turn its focus inward amidst a potential crisis.

While tensions escalate, it seems the Biden administration is walking on a tightrope, handling the cyber threats from China while bending over backward to keep the diplomatic doors wide open. This so-called balancing act appears more like playing both sides, ensuring a cozy rapport with Beijing under the guise of protecting American interests. It’s hard not to see this as anything but a soft stance, especially with Biden’s direct chats with Xi Jinping, painting a picture of camaraderie rather than confrontation.

Despite the administration’s claims of a robust defense against these cyber intrusions, one can’t help but question the resolve behind these words. Are we genuinely safeguarding our national security and sovereignty, or are we tiptoeing around to avoid upsetting China? It’s becoming increasingly clear that this administration might be too willing to compromise, potentially at the cost of American safety and integrity.

If China decides to escalate its cyberattacks, targeting our power grids and water systems, the consequences will be catastrophic. Imagine entire cities plunged into darkness, hospitals without power, and water supplies compromised. It’s not just a scenario for a dystopian novel; it’s a real and present danger that Congress is rightfully addressing with sanctions against Chinese hackers.

We cannot afford to underestimate the threat or overestimate China’s willingness to play by the rules. Our national security, the safety of our citizens, and the integrity of our critical infrastructure are at stake.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.