FBI, Homeland Security To Warn Of Chinese Efforts To Steal Coronavirus Vaccine Information

(PatrioticPost.Com)- The United States believes China is acting shady once again.
This time, the U.S. believes China is planning on stealing coronavirus vaccine research by using cyber attacks, according to a New York Times report.
The FBI and Homeland Security Department drafted a warning they plan to issue, which says China is actively seeking “valuable intellectual property and public health data through illicit means related to vaccines, treatments and testing.”
The Trump administration feels that “nontraditional actors” such as researchers and students employed by the government in China will work to steal data and information regarding the development of a coronavirus vaccine.
The warning is expected to be officially released in the next few days.
The United States Cyber Command and the National Security Agency is planning a large deterrent strategy, and directly accusing China of cyber-hacking the U.S. with state-run groups is part of that strategy.
The director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Christopher Krebs, to the New York Times:
“China’s long history of bad behavior in cyberspace is well documented, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone they are going after the critical organizations involved in the nation’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Krebs said they would “defend our interests aggressively,” in any way they needed to.
The U.S. government being concerned about China’s cyber-attacking ways is nothing new. Last November, the New York Times reported the FBI was investigation a possible 180 cases of intellectual property theft by researchers connected to China.
The deputy director for extramural research at the National Institute of Health, Dr. Michael Lauer, said it’s something that “seems to be hitting every discipline in biomedical research.”
Last week, Republican members of the House Oversight Committee began their own probe into the possibility that China has funded some education programs here in the U.S. As Ohio Representative Jim Jordan said in a statement:
“We cannot allow a dangerous communist regime to buy access to our institutions of higher education, plain and simple. We owe it to the American people to hold China accountable and to prevent them from doing further harm to our country.”
President Donald Trump has consistently blamed China for misleading the entire world about the severity of the coronavirus outbreak that started in Wuhan, China. He has gone as far as accusing the government of creating propaganda in the months after the initial outbreak in December. This led to the virus eventually becoming a pandemic when it could have been contained much sooner.
Just last week, the U.S. State Department said China was conducting a campaign on Twitter that was created to spread propaganda and disinformation about COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic as a whole.
But the current focus is on stealing information about vaccines. The director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, Bill Evanina, said:
“We have been working with our industry and government folk here very closely to ensure they are protecting all the research and data as best they can. We have every expectation that foreign intelligence services, to include the Chinese Communist Party, will attempt to obtain what we are making here.”