China is stealing information on Coronavirus Research – Accuses FBI

The US authorities have blamed that China is stealing information on the Coronavirus vaccine research. It may be the high time you need to take action.

The US government has blamed the Chinese government of using its cyber actors to steal information on Coronavirus research. FBI, the premier investigation agency in the US has accused that China is stealing information on the research on Coronavirus and has been using cyber means to achieve this task.

China is stealing information

Along with the FBI, even the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has blamed the attempts on the part of the Chinese authorities of funding the operations being handled by the hackers to stan the information on the research into Coronavirus vaccine. A joint statement from the FBI and CISA has made it clearly understood that the investigation agencies have been in the know of these attempts.

The statement suggests that

“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,” 

It may be noticed that the cyber-attacks have been quite common ever since the threat of Coronavirus pandemic has gripped the entire world. It is quite evident that hackers and cyber-criminals have been trying to cash in on the fear generated because of the pandemic. This includes the attempts on extracting financial information of the general public and attempts at installing malware on user devices. Security agencies around the globe have been receiving a huge number of complaints with respect to the online scams and hacking attempts. FBI alone has claimed to have received over 3500 complaints in the month of April alone. This includes stealing over $ 12 million from the Americans.

China does understand that the discovery of a vaccine against Coronavirus is the key to a huge economic growth and it is indeed making an all-out attempt at hijacking the research activities underway all around the world and make a headway in achieving a breakthrough in the discovery and manufacturing of the drug to fight the COVID 19.

The ongoing back and forth fight between the US and China on how to fix the responsibility of causing the global pandemic has its roots in the longest standing feud between Trump and  China with respect to the trade secrets theft and the outsourcing issues. The Trump administration has now been blaming the Chinese authorities of spreading wrong information. The US authorities have accused the Chinese government hiding the actual information about the virus and downplaying the severity of the situation.

FBI has warned the research institutes to take precautions with respect to all the research activities and ensure of cyber safety has been taken care of. They have been asked to avoid any sort of press attention. The press leaks or any information to the press can act as a trigger for the Chinese cyber attack teams and thus may be an invitation to the further attack.

About the author

Alina Parker

Alina has been working as a journalist for various print-based magazines for around 4 years now. She is the one who initiated newbulletins.com after quitting her day job. She brings together substantial news from the Business industry. However, she likes to cover local US news as well. So, here she writes business and General News headlines. Apart from all these writing and journalism stuff, she is a fitness freak and takes care of her diet and exercise routine quite well. She has two kids: a son and a daughter whom she loves a lot. She spends a lot of time with her family.

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