Last Friday (31), the government of China demonstrated for the first time against accusations that it had hackers targeting information from the biotech company Modern Inc, one of the leading developers of vaccines against the coronavirus, in the United States. 

According to the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wang Wengin, who spoke about the case during a news conference, "the charges are unfounded and without evidence". Wang also stressed that China is not involved in technology theft. "In terms of research and development, independent of the coronavirus vaccine, China is in a leading position in the world," he added. Information is from the Agency Reuters.

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In the accusation made by the FBI and the Infrastructure Security and Cybersecurity Agency (CISA) it was revealed that attacks by Chinese hackers against American intelligence had been happening since January 3, 2020. 

Hacker Attack

Also in July, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted two Chinese citizens, Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi, accused of spying on corporate and government data over the past decade. According to the report, the pair conducted a reconnaissance against the computer network of some companies, including that of a biotechnology laboratory. 

Moderna-therapeutics-seen_180520204132.webpHeadquarters of the biotechnology laboratory of Moderna Inc., in Massachusetts, in the United States. The company is a leading global player in the battle against coronavirus.

This laboratory would have been the headquarters of Moderna Inc, a biotechnology company that announced its candidacy for the coronavirus vaccine. According to Reuters, Moderna Inc became aware of the suspicious activity after contacting the FBI. 

At the time, Moderna Inc spokesman Ray Jordan declined to give further details about the action “Moderna remains highly vigilant regarding possible threats to cybersecurity, maintaining an internal team, external support services and good working relationships. with external authorities to continually assess threats and protect our valuable information. ”

According to TechCrunch, if convicted, Xiaoyu and Jiazhi face up to 40 years in prison. However, because they are on Chinese soil, they are unlikely to be extradited to serve time in the United States or China. 

Source: Reuters