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exclamation-circle U.S. says China backed hackers who targeted COVID-19 vaccine research

2 weeks 1 day ago #223 by Born Again Christians
WASHINGTON — In the latest attempt to "name and shame" China’s government-sponsored cyber theft, the Justice Department announced an indictment Tuesday charging two Chinese nationals — both in China — with hacking governments, dissidents, human rights activists and private companies, including those engaged in COVID-19 vaccine research.

The indictment says the hackers operated both for their own profit and also for the main Chinese intelligence service, the Ministry of State Security. It says they were assisted by an unnamed Chinese intelligence officer known to the grand jury. Officials said these were the first federal charges related to alleged theft of coronavirus research.

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