US accuses Chinese hackers of trying to steal coronavirus vaccine research

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI on Wednesday blamed hackers linked with the Chinese government for attempting to steal U.S. research into a coronavirus vaccine, an escalation of the bilateral feud over handling of the global pandemic. The U.S. agencies accused Chinese hackers as well as spies of trying to pilfer intellectual property and other information related to coronavirus treatments. “The FBI is investigating the targeting and compromise of U.S. organizations conducting COVID-19-related research by [People’s Republic of China]-affiliated cyber actors and non-traditional collectors,” reads the statement from DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI. “The potential theft of this information jeopardizes the delivery of secure, effective, and efficient treatment options.” Labeling their statement a “public service announcement,” the agencies urged medical research organizations to be vigilant and report suspicious cyber activity. The announcement adds to a slew of charges the Trump administration has made against China for allegedly stealing … Continue reading US accuses Chinese hackers of trying to steal coronavirus vaccine research