Chinese government-backed hackers attempted to steal coronavirus vaccination data from US-based biotech company Moderna Inc., a US security official tracking Chinese hacking revealed in an exclusive report on Friday from Reuters.
China rejected the accusation and said, “Such allegations are sheer slander.”
“Recently, alleged US government sources accused China of hacking to steal US vaccine research technology and data, but there was no evidence at all,” Wang Wenbin said on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson.
Webin pointed out that the intelligence sources were all anonymous.
“The international community can see through such defamatory ploys,” he said.
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The spokesperson said China is actually worried about the potential hacking of foreign actors trying to steal their data in the race to find a vaccine for the coronavirus.
“As we have said repeatedly, China is the world leader in COVID-19 vaccine research and development,” Webin told reporters on Friday. “We don’t need to go forward with the flight and we never have.”
The Department of Justice (DOJ) last week indicted two Chinese nationals working for the Chinese intelligence agency, the Ministry of State Security (MSS), with allegedly hacking into US and international systems.
“Hackers stole terabytes of data that posed a sophisticated and prolific threat to US networks,” the DOJ said in a July 21 statement.
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“The defendants have probed the vulnerabilities of the computer networks of companies developing COVID-19 vaccines, testing technologies and treatments,” the DOJ added.
According to the FBI, hackers targeted vulnerabilities, placed malicious “web shell programs” and credential stealing software that allowed them to gain remote access to victims’ computers.
The suspects targeted eight victims associated with “technological designs, manufacturing processes, test mechanisms and results, source code and pharmaceutical chemical structures.”
The DOJ did not disclose the names of the victims or the companies targeted by the hackers.
But Moderna, who reportedly announced her candidacy for the COVID-19 vaccine in January, has been contacted by the FBI and made aware of the alleged hacking, linked to the indictment last week, according to Reuter’s report.
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Moderna could not immediately be reached for comment.
The U.S. government has reportedly given Moderna nearly half a billion in funds to support its coronavirus research, making it one of the top contenders in the U.S. and globally to find a vaccine for the virus that infected more than 17 million people and killed more than 677,000 people. .
Moderna is expected to launch a clinical trial this month involving nearly 30,000 people.
Webin called on foreign governments to stop “sullying China with rumors” on Friday. He then called on the media community to stop publishing information from anonymous sources that is “unfounded”.