The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that hackers operating on behalf of the Chinese government were trying to infiltrate Covid-19 vaccine development research. According to reports accessed by the US press, the FBI and the Ministry of Homeland Security cybersecurity experts found that cyber hackers from China were trying to access research on the coronavirus vaccine.
The hackers also aimed to steal information and intellectual property rights about Covid-19 treatments and tests, according to reports published in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. China is not the only country in the reports to be called “malicious”: Iran, Russia and North Korea have also been accused of spreading fake news and targeting scientists. According to the leaked information to the press, an official warning is expected to be sent to the Chinese state.
According to the New York Times, the report could be the beginning of a counter-attack in cyberwarfare officially sanctioned by US agencies, including the Pentagon’s Cyber Command and the National Security Agency.
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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian denied the allegations, saying China is firmly against all cyber attacks. “We lead the world in Covid-19 treatment and vaccine research. It is immoral to target China with rumours and slander without any evidence,” Zhao said. found in the description.
The United States and the UK issued a joint message last week, warning that cyber-attacks ‘linked to other state actors‘ against healthcare professionals working on the Covid-19 pandemic have increased.
The UK’s National Cyber Security Center and the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agencies announced that hackers were trying to infiltrate healthcare and medical research organizations using commonly used passwords ‘spraying’ tactic.