You must have heard that a lot of complaints have been filed against Chinese and Russian hackers that they are trying to interfere in other countries’ matters by hacking inside their systems. Now, we know that nothing can be done about the hacks but something can be done if they are state-backed. And this is the reason why most countries are saying that Russia and China are doing state-backed hacks to gain insider knowledge. The allegations became even more severe when China was said to be allowing state-backed hacks regarding the Coronavirus vaccine and now we have a new report on the matter.
There is an exclusive report from Reuters that claims to have knowledge about the “state-backed” hackers from China who are said to have “targeted COVID-19 vaccine firm Moderna” which is obviously in the stage 3 trial of their vaccine candidate. It is easy to understand why China would want to do these hacks but the fact that they have been found out is a new matter on its own. US officials tracking Chinese hacks have revealed that “Chinese government-linked hackers targeted biotech company Moderna Inc, a U.S.-based coronavirus vaccine research developer, this year in a bid to steal data”.
As always, China has rejected the allegations and said that their hackers did not target Moderna. This came to light when the US officials made records public about these hacks carried out back in the day. The records show that “Chinese hackers “conducted reconnaissance” against the computer network of a Massachusetts biotech firm known to be working on a coronavirus vaccine in January”.
As for Moderna on which hacks were carried out, they have stated that “Moderna remains highly vigilant to potential cybersecurity threats, maintaining an internal team, external support services and good working relationships with outside authorities to continuously assess threats and protect our valuable information,”