The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released a joint advisory stating, State-sponsored Chinese hackers breached 13 US oil and natural gas pipeline operators from 2011 through 2013.
CISA advisory mentions that “ Overall the U.S. Government identified and tracked 23 U.S. natural gas pipeline operators targeted in this spearphishing and intrusion campaign. Of the known targeted entities, 13 were confirmed compromises, 3 were near misses, and 7 had an unknown depth of intrusion.”
The actors behind this campaign particularly targeting U.S. pipeline infrastructure to hold U.S. pipeline infrastructure at risk.
CISA and the FBI judge that this activity was eventually intended to help China develop cyberattack capabilities against U.S. pipelines to physically damage pipelines or disrupt pipeline operations.