Selin ATAY -TDO- U.S. on Tuesday publicly accused two Chinese hackers of stealing trade secrets from companies across the world and targeting American companies working on developing a vaccine for the coronavirus.
According to a federal indictment the two individuals are accused of hacking into computer systems of hundreds of companies, governments, non-governmental organizations, dissidents in the US and abroad for their own personal financial gain and for the benefit of Chinese government agencies. The indictment says the hackers in recent months had researched vulnerabilities in the computer networks of companies developing COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.
"The Beijing Administration, caught red-handed trying to cover up the Kovid-19 epidemic, is now desperately pursuing a public relations coup," U.S. Justice Secretary William Barr said last week. In his speech, it was stressed that China-linked hackers were trying to infiltrate the U.S. study of Covid-19 and by making a new breakthrough in healthcare, they may be trying to earn credit.
The accusations come as tensions between Beijing and Washington have risen quickly, mainly fueled by criticism from the Trump administration towards China for not having contained the coronavirus.