As American researchers are working hard to develop a vaccine and a cure for the Chinese coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, Chinese Communist Party hackers are targeting American research for cyberattacks, according to the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Rogue actors have increased cybertheft and attacks amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“China’s long history of bad behavior in cyberspace is well documented, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone they are going after the critical organizations involved in the nation’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic,” Christopher Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, told The New York Times. He added that the agency would “defend our interests aggressively.”
The Times insisted that “the government has offered no evidence to back up its claim,” but it seems highly likely that the Chinese, who have repeatedly engaged in cyber espionage and other efforts to steal U.S. intellectual property — especially in pharmaceuticals — have also done so in the middle of this crisis. Israel has blamed Iran for similar cyberattacks, although it has yet to prove the Islamic Republic’s culpability. The Times also noted that South Korean hackers have snooped on a wide range of health organizations during the crisis.
Last week, the U.S. and Britain issued a joint warning that rogue cyber actors — most likely with Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea — had targeted “health care bodies, pharmaceutical companies, academia, medical research organizations and local governments.”
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