Targeting of U.S. federal agencies via PulseSecure VPN
Date of report
  • April 2021
Five U.S. federal agencies were targeted in a Chinese espionage operation, along with several defense contractors and financial institutions in the country. The hackers made use of zero-day vulnerabilities in the PulseSecure VPN system to gain access to the different organizations' systems.
Suspected victims
  • U.S. government agencies and contractors
Suspected state sponsor
  • China
Type of incident
  • Espionage
Target category
  • Government
  • Private sector
Victim government reaction
  • Yes
Policy response
Suspected state sponsor response