US accuses Chinese hackers of stealing data from COVID-19 vaccine developers

The US Department of Justice has indicted two Chinese citizens who allegedly tried to access the computer networks of American companies working on a coronavirus vaccine. A message about this appeared on the agency’s website.

The US authorities said that the citizens of China, Li Xiaoyu, and Dong Jiazhi, had been engaged in cyber espionage for many years, in particular, they managed to steal information about weapons, medicines, and source codes of various software.

The hackers were charged with conspiracy to commit cyber fraud and steal trade secrets. According to the prosecutor’s office, cyber intruders could act both in their own interests and on behalf of the special services and the PRC authorities.

And China has now taken a place in this shameful club of countries like Russia, Iran, and North Korea, which provide safe havens to cybercriminals in exchange for working for these states; in this case (they were given asylum – IF) to satisfy the Chinese Communist Party’s greedy hunger for the hard-earned intellectual property of American and non-Chinese companies.

Jonah Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security

According to prosecutors, hackers have attacked other countries in addition to the United States for ten years: Australia, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. In particular, they managed to steal information about weapons, medicines, and source codes of various software.