The Department of Homeland Security and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a joint statement, saying it was investigating cyber attacks against multiple organizations in the country, triggered by Chinese hackers.
According to Reuters, the Department of Homeland Security and FBI said hackers “associated with China” were trying to illegally search and take away intellectual property and public health data related to the vaccine. -xin, treatments and tests from organizations and individuals participating in research related to Covid-19.
This statement does not give detailed information about the identity of the target being attacked or hacker. The Chinese embassy in Washington condemned the allegations, calling them “lies”.
“The FBI issued a warning based on the guilty assumption without any evidence,” the Chinese embassy said in a statement, adding that the US accusation had weakened “the International cooperation is taking place to combat the pandemic. “
Research and data related to the corona virus are emerging as a top security priority for hackers, and Western intelligence organizations have been constantly sounding alarm bells about The attack targeted public health organizations as well as pharmaceutical companies.
Last week, hackers linked to Iran were allegedly targeted at employees of US pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, the manufacturer of Remdesivir – the only effective anti-virus drug tested. in the treatment of patients with Covid-19 infection.
In March and April, Reuters reported that professional hackers made an effort to break into the World Health Organization (WHO) system, when the pandemic was spreading globally.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which oversees the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is attacked every day, an official familiar with the attacks told CNN.
On April 23, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has repeatedly criticized China for the pandemic, told Fox News: “The biggest threat is not our ability to work with China on cyberspace. but making sure we have the resources available to protect ourselves from Chinese cyber attacks. “