The United States of America is gearing up to issue a formal notice to its adversaries, especially China in the coming weeks regarding cyberattacks. The notice will be accusing China, and others of their targeted cyberattacks on a critical institution that is involved in Coronavirus fighting. The US claims that there are more than a dozen nations that are actively targeting their infrastructure to steal vaccine data and other medical information.

Leveraging the Situation

U.S. to Accuse China of Trying to Hack Vaccine Data
U.S. to Accuse China of Trying to Hack Vaccine Data

Several cybersecurity firms and experts have warned nations about potential cyberattacks on critical infrastructures like hospitals and other institutions, leveraging this pandemic situation. Yet, adversaries aren’t stopping by. While it’s expected that underground cybercriminals would attack, it’s the state-backed cyberattacks that are concerning much now.

Weeks after Trump blaming they had solid evidence that virus has originated from Wuhan lab, it’s detecting many cyberattacks towards its institutions. This was strengthened after Israeli authorities blamed Iranian hackers for trying to cut water supplies by attacking them earlier this month. Adding to this, the US has also observed an increase in phishing attacks on many of its state employees for credentials to login and steal sensitive research information.

Even The Allies!

The US says that even some of their allies like South Korea have been too trying to penetrate their systems at the situation. And there are countries with low standards of Cyber powers like Vietnam and Nigeria, also trying to pierce in.

Gilead Services, which is making remdesivir, a therapeutic drug approved FDA for clinical trials, was also targeted earlier this month. Security researchers from Google too have observed an increase in attacks from over a dozen APTs since the lockdowns across the nations have started. As the home quarantines led many to restrict to their homes and rely much on internet services, giving more exposure to cyberattacks.

Via: The New York Times


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