The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the single greatest cyber and counterintelligence threat to the United States, according to FBI Director Christopher Wray, who warned that the regime was targeting every sector of the American economy.
"The biggest threat we face as a country from a counterintelligence perspective is from the People's Republic of China and especially the Chinese Communist Party," Wray said during an interview with "60 Minutes" on April 24.
"They are targeting our innovation, our trade secrets, [and] our intellectual property, on a scale that's unprecedented in history."
Wray said that the CCP had developed the world's largest hacking program, and systematically stole more information from American citizens and businesses than every other nation on earth. Those malign efforts, he said, affected every part of the economy and threatened to undermine the stability of the United States.
"They have a bigger hacking program than that of every other major nation combined," Wray said. "They have stolen more of Americans' personal and corporate data than every nation combined."
"It affects everything from agriculture to aviation to high tech to health care. Pretty much every sector of our economy."
"Anything that makes an industry tick, they target."
Wray said that the FBI was now opening new China counterintelligence investigations "about every 12 hours." He said that there were more than 2,000 such investigations currently ongoing, and that all 56 U.S.-based FBI field offices were engaged in the effort.
"It's a measure of how significant the threat is," Wray said.
Wray said that the FBI was undeterred and would carry out its mission to defend the American people from foreign espionage regardless of circumstance.
"We will follow the facts wherever they lead, to whomever they lead, no matter who likes it," Wray said.