Sometimes it seems that coronavirus is driving people crazy. This is not surprising given how many have already have to sit in quarantine. A similar situation occurs throughout the world and this must have something to do. Not surprisingly, the most anticipated and discussed discoveries in medicine are now connected with the cure of the plague, which has already infected several millions of inhabitants of our planet. Don’t need to be a genius to understand that the creation of such vaccines it is interesting to businesses and governments not only because of the fact that the way to save people. The vaccine will earn a lot of money and great political weight. Just imagine how everyone will want to be friends with someone who will be able to cure them. Against this background and unfolds a struggle which sometimes leads to loud statements.
This week the FBI and the Agency on cyber security and infrastructure security, said that state-sponsored Chinese hackers are preparing cyberattacks on American researchers, looking for information about vaccines from COVID-19. According to news agencies, the hackers also try to steal data associated with the testing of people infected with coronavirus.
It was noticed that these entities have tried to identify and to illegally obtain valuable data about intellectual property and health associated with vaccines and testing, those who are engaged in research related COVID-19, — said in a joint warning.
In addition to warnings about hacker attacks, the Agency recommended that companies that are associated with the development, strengthen the protection of data. They are advised to check their system for the presence of critical vulnerabilities , and to introduce multi-factor authentication for accounts. To prepare not only for the fact that the attacks will continue, but also to ensure that they will be even more. First and foremost, due to the fact that the press voiced a lot of names of companies.
Hard enough against all this situation spoke yesterday, US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo. Including his remarks concerned the Chinese government.
The behavior of China in cyberspace is a continuation of her counterproductive actions during a pandemic COVID-19, — said Pompeo.
How hackers earn on coronavirus
Now in the world there are a lot of fraud based on people’s fears about the pandemic coronavirus infection. This was successfully used not only for phone scammers, and hackers. For example, according to the FBI, in the U.S. only in April, received more than 3,600 complaints of such scams. In the end they stole from Americans more than $ 12 million.
Researchers in the field of security have found that government-supported hackers use cyber attacks to steal information from other countries. FireEye said that state-sponsored hackers from Vietnam tried to obtain from the Chinese government information about how it cope with flash COVID-19.
Reuters also reportedthat hackers associated with Iran, was focused on the attack against Gilead Sciences, a company engaged in developing drugs against the coronavirus.
In April , the world health organization said a fivefold increase in the number of cyber attacks, in that time, may 5, CISA, part of the Ministry of homeland security and the national cyber security centre of the United Kingdom issued a joint warning that a hacking attack was aimed at health organization. According to representatives of the government, among the objectives included pharmaceutical companies and researchers related to the fight against COVID-19.
The US government has accused Chinese hackers and other cyber attacks in the past, including “massive theft” of data from NASA.
The Ministry of justice stated that more than 90 percent of cases of economic espionage related to China, including in medical research. So the governments in the countries involved try to get as more information about how to combat COVID-19. Google also said that it discovered more than a dozen hacking groups, supported by governments that have begun cyber attacks related to the coronavirus.
The researchers said that the vaccine against the coronavirus is the key to economic recovery after the pandemic and that the forecasts promise hundreds of thousands of deaths from the disease.
China’s efforts aimed at these sectors, pose a serious threat for the response of our country to COVID-19, — said to the CISA (the Agency’s cybersecurity and infrastructure protection) and the FBI — This information is needed for awareness-raising research institutions and the American public.