World Vaccine against the Covid-19: two Chinese indicted in the United States for hacking

21:15  21 july  2020
21:15  21 july  2020 Source:   parismatch.com

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According to the American authorities, Li Xiaoyu, 34, and Dong Jiazhi, 33, attacked Californian companies which worked in the search for vaccines, treatments or screening tests for the new coronavirus.

  Vaccin contre le Covid-19: deux Chinois inculpés aux Etats-Unis pour des piratages informatiques © Jakub Porzycki / NurPhoto / NurPhoto via AFP

The US Department of Justice on Tuesday announced the indictment of two Chinese accused of carrying out a series of computer attacks, in particular against companies engaged in the search for a vaccine against the Covid-19. These "two Chinese hackers were working with the Chinese Ministry of State Security," John Demers, responsible for national security matters at the ministry, told a press conference.

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Beyond the attacks against companies in ten Western countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom and Belgium, they also targeted "non-governmental organizations, religious and pro-democracy activists and human rights in the United States, China and Hong Kong, ”he added.

According to US authorities, Li Xiaoyu, 34, and Dong Jiazhi, 33, met while studying engineering and stole trade secrets estimated at several hundred thousand dollars for ten years. . Recently, they attacked Californian companies that were working to find vaccines, treatments or tests for the new coronavirus, according to federal prosecutor in charge of the case, William Hyslop.

The two men, who were not arrested and are a priori in China, operated for their own profit but "sometimes also worked for the Chinese government", according to Mr. Demers.

"China is working to compromise"

On May 13, the US federal police and the cybersecurity agency issued a rare warning to US researchers working on the new coronavirus to warn them of the risk of Chinese hacking, this that Beijing had firmly denied.

On July 7, FBI Director Christopher Wray reiterated these accusations. "At this very moment, China is working to compromise (...) American research on Covid-19", he assured.

The government of Donald Trump has adopted in recent months a very critical tone towards China, accused by the president of having concealed the extent of the spread of the new coronavirus when it appeared in the center of the country at the end of the year 2019.

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