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Coronavirus: China trying to hack vaccine research – FBI

The United States says China-linked hackers were targeting U.S. research organisations to steal data on vaccines and treatments for coronavirus.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) alerted of the development on Wednesday.

They said healthcare, pharmaceutical and research institutions working on a pandemic response should take more precautions.

The agencies, however, assured that they have been able to protect their systems.

“China’s efforts to target these sectors pose a significant threat to our nation’s response to COVID-19,’’ FBI and CISA noted.

The potential theft of this information “jeopardises the delivery of secure, effective, and efficient treatment options. More details on the threat will be released in the coming days.”

America insists the world’s most populous nation knows more about the pandemic than it is telling.

President Donald Trump, Secretary Mike Pompeo and other officials of administration have at different times blamed China for being the source of COVID-19.

China has strongly debunked the allegation, pointing out that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has cleared it of any wrongdoing.

The U.S. has recorded 1.4 million cases of coronavirus and 84,000 deaths

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