Chinese hackers accused of attempting to steal coronavirus research

Discussion in 'Networking and Security' started by themickey, May 13, 2020.

  1. themickey

    6:20am, May 14, 2020 Updated: 1h ago
    The suspected Chinese hackers have targeted US organisations researching the coronavirus. Photo: Getty

    China is being accused of trying to infiltrate systems to steal coronavirus data, forcing the FBI and US Homeland Security’s cybersecurity advisory unit CISA to issue a stark warning.

    Foreign agencies have allegedly targeted “valuable intellectual property and public health data related to vaccines, treatments, and testing”, according to a joint statement released on Thursday (Australian time).

    The spies and hackers are backed by the Chinese government, the organisations alleged as they warned of a “significant threat” to the coronavirus response.

    The US allegations that China is trying to steal coronavirus secrets is expected to intensify growing tensions between the two superpowers.

    It comes as President Donald Trump and senior US officials continued their war of words with Chinese counterparts.

    “Here is what we know for sure. The virus originated in Wuhan, China. The Chinese Communist Party knew about this virus in December of 2019 [and] attempted to obfuscate this,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told an Israeli newspaper on Wednesday.

    “They denied people the ability to talk, they didn’t share this information quickly enough, they created enormous risk for the world.”
    Beijing has strongly denied Washington’s charges.

    US has not yet released its evidence
    The latest claims by security agencies demonstrate growing concern about a surge in cybertheft and attacks by nations seeking to gain an advantage in the pandemic.

    The statement did not include specific methods or evidence, but it’s expected the US will release further details in coming days.

    In the meantime, the FBI and CISA are urging healthcare, pharmaceutical, and research bodies to take “necessary steps to protect their systems” as they are “prime targets” for hackers from China.

    Follow these tips to protect your research:
    • Patch systems for critical vulnerabilities.
    • Scan web applications for unauthorized access, modification, or anomalous activities.
    • Bolster credential requirements.

    CISA also wants them to “partner with the agency in order to help protect these critical response efforts”.

    “This announcement is intended to raise awareness for research institutions and the American public and provide resources and guidance for those who may be targeted,” its statement said.

    Just last week, CISA and Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre revealed Chinese hackers were using a technique called password spraying to break into systems used by healthcare and medical research organisations aiding the coronavirus relief effort.

    Staff was subsequently urged to “change any passwords that could be reasonably guessed”. Password spraying is an attempt to access a large number of accounts using commonly known passwords.
  2. Opcodes


    China is not a superpower

    Look outside the city it's a shithole
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  3. Pekelo


    1. Most of these research should be public anyway.
    2. What are they going to do with it, save their people? The horror!!!

    In real life, they will start testing everything right away because they don't have to worry about you know, rules. But that also means that humankind might find something useful MUCH SOONER.
  4. schizo


    I betcha they'll try to reverse engineer it. After all, they're the king of piracy.

  5. This and whole
    Bunch of other stuff to prepare for war against china
  6. I think US shouldn't go to war with China, then other countries would take side. then we'd have a world war 3. N. Korea would attack S. Korea and Japan. Russia would annex Ukraine. Some SEA countries would be on the US side and fight against China.... there's a good chance, nuclear weapon would be used, which would be devastating for the whole world. US could run a proxy war, and sell weapons to other countries to make profit in the process. war is an expensive endeavor. it could bankrupt a country... then China would be poor and broke, then Taiwan could retake China. Uyghurs people could declare independence.
  7. So sick of that country
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  8. ET180


    World needs to decouple from China. Chinese people are fine, most very hard-working, I respect them. But CCP is downright evil. They literally want to control what their citizens think. Completely anti-freedom in favor of control. CCPs biggest enemy is not the US or the rest of the world. It's their own people.
  9. The government puts on two faces and their main goal is to stab everyone in the back for world power.
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  10. notagain


    Corporate types led the world into China's web
    #10     May 13, 2020