Feds warn Chinese hackers targeting U.S. coronavirus research
The FBI and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency warned today that Chinese hackers are targeting U.S. research into vaccines and treatments for Covid-19, and that any potential theft could jeopardize the rollout of treatment options.
The FBI said it was investigating the targeting and compromise of the research by government-affiliated and other kinds of Chinese hackers.
“These actors have been observed attempting to identify and illicitly obtain valuable intellectual property (IP) and public health data related to vaccines, treatments and testing from networks and personnel affiliated with COVID-19-related research,” a joint public service announcement reads. “The potential theft of this information jeopardizes the delivery of secure, effective and efficient treatment options.”