China and Russia are prepared to launch destructive cyber attacks on U.S. critical infrastructure to “sow chaos and hinder military mobilization” in the event of war breaking out, according to a new Pentagon cyber strategy released on Tuesday.
“The United States is challenged by malicious cyber actors who seek to exploit our technological vulnerabilities and undermine our military’s competitive edge,” the 2023 Department of Defense Cyber Strategy introduction reads. “They target our critical infrastructure and endanger the American people. Defending against and defeating these cyber threats is a Department of Defense imperative.”
While China poses a more serious and long-term threat, Pentagon officials are more immediately concerned with Russia.
Eastern Europe saw such attacks amid the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine, where Russian military and intelligence units