Chinese hackers associated with the country’s government attacked the American biotechnology company Moderna Inc, a leading American developer of coronavirus vaccine research, in early 2020. This was reported by Reuters on July 30, citing a source.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice released an indictment against Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiayi. According to the indictment, Chinese hackers “conducted reconnaissance” against the computer network of a biotechnology firm in Massachusetts, which is working on a vaccine against coronavirus, in January.
According to the agency, hackers have been attacking for ten years in different countries in order to gain access to high-tech developments, medicine, pharmaceuticals, business, education, game industry, defense and so on.
Moderna, which is based in Massachusetts and announced in January that it was working on a COVID-19 vaccine, confirmed to the agency that the company was in contact with the FBI and was notified of a suspected “information intelligence” hacker group mentioned in the indictment.
“Moderna remains very alert to potential cybersecurity threats by maintaining internal networks, external support services and good working relationships with external authorities to continuously assess threats and protect our valuable information,” said firm spokesman Ray Jordan.
The federal government is supporting the company’s nearly $500 million vaccine development and is helping with clinical trials involving up to 30,000 people.
The day before it became known that the American company Garmin, which produces digital devices for navigation, recreation and sports, could pay a ransom of $10 million to hackers to recover stolen data.