Two Chinese Hackers Inculpated for Seeking to Steal COVID-19 Vaccine Research

Covid Vaccine Hacker
Covid Vaccine Hacker

US Penalized Chinese hackers for trying to theft information from the network of companies developing COVID-19 Vaccines.

The US Department of Justice has convicted Two Chinese Hackers for targeting the computer networks of several biotech companies developing COVID-19 Vaccines. Recent news says President Trump hopes COVID-19 Vaccine could be available this year. Now, the Department of Justice says… “Two Chinese hackers working with the Ministry of State Security charged with global computer intrusion campaign targeting intellectual property and confidential business information, including COVID-19 research.”

Former electrical engineers Li Xiao and Dong Jiaxi have been involved in cybercrime for more than a decade. They were targeting companies with advanced technology in many countries.  Companies in the United States, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, and the United Kingdom have reportedly been hacked. Another serious allegation against them is that they are Hacking companies involved in high-tech manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and gaming software development in various regions, as well as rebels, clergy, and human rights activists in the United States, China, and Hong Kong.

“China has now taken its place, alongside Russia, Iran and North Korea, in that shameful club of nations that provide a safe haven for cybercriminals in exchange for those criminals being ‘on-call’ to work for the benefit of the state, here to feed the Chinese Communist party’s insatiable hunger for American and other non-Chinese companies’ hard-earned intellectual property, including COVID-19 research,” stated by Assistant Attorney John Demers, the Justice Department’s top national security official.

Defendants gain access to the victim’s network through the commonly-known software vulnerabilities of popular web server software, web application development suits, and collaborative software programs. Moreover, the indictment alleges that they stole information from pharmaceutical companies about developing drugs and source code from software companies.

But China came out with a strong response to the US allegations. Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese ambassador to the UK, said the claims were “insulting” to Chinese scientists and their findings. He also tweeted that the world should reject such baseless allegations.

Hate against China is behind such an allegation. China says the United States is unsettled by its loss as the world’s most significant technological power. The achievements were due to the hard work of the Chinese people. Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying also said that false allegations could not underestimate China’s gains.

However, This is the first time threat to scientific discoveries to eradicate Coronavirus has been made. In the face of this epidemic around the world, Unethical activity upsets the current security.  

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