While countries such as Iran, Russia, and North Korea have often attempted to disrupt via cyber-attacks, China has largely kept to simple espionage. Consequently, the potential move by China to build the foundations of damaging communication services between the US and Asia is worrying. Volt Typhoon’s methods of gaining information are in line with previous Chinese examples, and the West must brace for the possibility of a potential cyber war.
The murky relationship between Microsoft and the US government makes this advisory no more than propaganda. As Edward Snowden revealed, America is home to the largest hacking empire in the world. Western companies, media, and intelligence services all play a part in continuing to distract the world from their own wrongdoings by pointing the finger at China.
There is a 17% chance of a US-China war before 2035, according to the Metaculus prediction community.