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.
The indictment said the hackers were contractors for China’s Ministry of State Security.
China has denied it hacked the company.
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