Two Chinese hackers charged with trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research

New York Post:

Two Chinese hackers have been charged with attempting to steal coronavirus vaccine research from government agencies and private companies, the Department of Justice announced on Tuesday.

The two men allegedly worked with the Chinese Ministry of State Security and the Guangdong State Security Department to conduct a “sweeping global computer intrusion campaign,” Assistant Attorney General John Demers said during a news conference.

Li Xiaoyu, 34, and Dong Jiazhi, 31, targeted intellectual property and confidential business information held by companies related to coronavirus treatment, testing and vaccines, he said.

Pharmaceutical and defense companies, high-tech manufacturing, makers of medical devices, gaming software corporations and solar energy companies were among the industries the two focused on.


The indictments, filed in US District Court in Washington show that Beijing is using cyber thefts as part of a worldwide campaign to “rob, replicate and replace” non-Chinese companies in the global marketplace, the Justice Department said.

Demers also noted in his remarks that China is providing a “safe haven” for criminals in exchange for their work.

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