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Foreign hackers have targeted the COVID-19 researches

The FBI has reported that The government hackers are searching from the companies about the COVID-19 researches.FBI Deputy Assistant Director Tonya Ugoretz told participants in an online panel discussion hosted by the Aspen Institute that the bureau had recently seen state-backed hackers poking around a series of health care and research institutions. 

“We certainly have seen reconnaissance activity, and some intrusions, into some of those institutions, especially those that have publicly identified themselves as working on COVID-19 researches,” she said. 

The statement:- 

Ugoretz said it made sense for institutions working on promising treatments or a potential vaccine to tout their work publicly. However, she said, “The sad flip side is that it makes them a mark for other nation-states that are interested in gleaning details about what exactly they’re doing and maybe even stealing proprietary information that those institutions have.” 

Ugoretz said that state-backed hackers had often targeted biopharmaceutical industry but said: “it’s certainly heightened during this crisis.” She did not name specific countries or identify targeted organizations. 

About the research:- 

“Medical research groups and those who work for them should be vigilant against threat actors seeking to steal intellectual property or other sensible data related to America’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bill Evanina, Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center. “Now is the time to protect the critical research you’re conducting.” 

The FBI declined “A spokeswoman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence had no immediate comment” with the comment. 

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