China has been accused of engaging in a misinformation campaign to divert attention from its own hacking activities [1]. This raises questions about China’s motives and the credibility of its cyber claims [3].


China’s offensive cyber capabilities have been a concern [2], as revealed in a recent US House Select Committee hearing [2]. The hearing included statements from FBI Director Christopher Wray [2], CISA Director Jen Easterly [2], and US Cyber Command Chief General Paul Nakasone [2]. Wray emphasized China’s multi-pronged assault on national and economic security [2], including targeting critical infrastructure and wholesale theft of innovation and data [2]. The FBI is focused on addressing cyber threats from China and working with partners to identify and prevent malicious cyber actors [2]. The hearing also discussed the threat posed by the state-sponsored hacking group Volt Typhoon [2]. CISA Director Easterly emphasized the need to proactively reduce risks and strengthen partnerships to counter Chinese cyber intrusions [2]. The US faces cyber vulnerabilities [2], and experts have raised concerns about inadequate cyber defenses [2]. China’s cyber offensive capabilities have also targeted India [2], causing a major power outage in Mumbai in 2020 [2]. India can learn from the US hearings and collaborate with the US and other partners to enhance cyber resilience and avoid shutdowns caused by cyber attacks from China [2].


The accusations against China’s misinformation campaign and cyber activities have significant impacts on trust and international relations. It is crucial for countries to strengthen their cyber defenses and collaborate with partners to mitigate the risks posed by China’s offensive cyber capabilities. The US hearings serve as a valuable lesson for India and other countries to enhance their cyber resilience and prevent disruptions caused by cyber attacks from China. The future implications of China’s cyber actions remain uncertain, but it is essential for nations to remain vigilant and proactive in addressing this evolving threat.