US Official: Company Working on COVID Vaccine Target of Chinese Attack

US Official: Company Working on COVID Vaccine Target of Chinese Attack


An American company that is working on a coronavirus vaccine was targeted by hackers linked to the Chinese government, according to a new report.

Reuters, quoting a U.S. security official it did not name, said the biotech company Moderna was targeted in a bid to steal data.

In its reporting, Reuters linked Moderna to a July 7 indictment released by the Department of Justice that said Chinese hackers “conducted reconnaissance” against the computer network of a biotech firm in Massachusetts known to be working on a novel coronavirus vaccine in January.

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The indictment said the hackers were contractors for China’s Ministry of State Security.

China has denied it hacked the company.

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The indictment did not name the company; however, Moderna is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and announced its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in January.

According to Reuters, “Reconnaissance activities

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