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U.S. Accuses China of Hacking Coronavirus Research, Undermining Vaccine Development

   Wednesday May 13, 2020 - 12:43 PM
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THE FEDERAL government's top agencies for cybersecurity on Wednesday accused China of waging a hacking campaign designed to undermine the U.S. response to the coronavirus, a rare public acknowledgement of a rival's attempted attacks that comes amid the global race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

The "public service announcement" from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, is designed to warn American organizations researching the effects of the virus against "likely targeting and network compromise by the People's Republic of China," according to a statement from the agencies. Any institution that believes it may have been subject to a cyberattack should contact their local FBI field office, they said, "in order to help protect these critical response efforts."

"China's efforts to target these sectors pose a significant threat to our nation's response to COVID-19," the FBI and CISA said. "This announcement is intended to raise awareness for research institutions and the American public and provide resources and guidance for those who may be targeted."

The Chinese efforts â?? and similar efforts by countries like Iran â?? are likely designed to bolster their own work toward developing a vaccine rather than undermining the U.S., according to analysts speaking to U.S. News on the condition of anonymity, pointing to the leverage a country would yield after becoming the first to have made such a monumental breakthrough.

And it comes as the Trump administration increasingly criticizes China for its role in allowing the virus to spread and reportedly undermining subsequent attempts to ...

THE FEDERAL government's top agencies for cybersecurity on Wednesday accused China of waging a hacking campaign designed to undermine the U.S. response to the coronavirus, a rare public acknowledgement of a rival's attempted attacks that comes amid the global race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

The "public service announcement" from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA, is designed to warn American organizations researching the effects of the virus against "likely targeting and network compromise by the People's Republic of China," according to a statement from the agencies. Any institution that believes it may have been subject to a cyberattack should contact their local FBI field office, they said, "in order to help protect these critical response efforts."

"China's efforts to target these sectors pose a significant threat to our nation's response to COVID-19," the FBI and CISA said. "This announcement is intended to raise awareness for research institutions and the American public and provide resources and guidance for those who may be targeted."

The Chinese efforts â?? and similar efforts by countries like Iran â?? are likely designed to bolster their own work toward developing a vaccine rather than undermining the U.S., according to analysts speaking to U.S. News on the condition of anonymity, pointing to the leverage a country would yield after becoming the first to have made such a monumental breakthrough.

And it comes as the Trump administration increasingly criticizes China for its role in allowing the virus to spread and reportedly undermining subsequent attempts to ...

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