Everyone is looking for a vaccine from a coronavirus: spies also don’t sit idly by
Foreign spies are actively interested in the creation of a vaccine against coronavirus, which are in the United States. About This Edition with the BBC said a senior representative of US intelligence.
Director of the National Center for Counterintelligence and Security Bill Evanina said that authorities have already warned about such risks involved in the development of medical research organizations. However, he did not go into details whether there were confirmed cases of data theft.
Sources in the British intelligence services also confirmed the unhealthy activity of foreign intelligence.
Operation Warp speed
There is a real race in the world in developing a vaccine from COVID-19. Individual researchers, large companies and entire governments are involved in this race. Foreign spies encroach on their efforts, and their counterintelligence agents are doing everything to prevent them.
The organization, led by Evanina (certainly one of the most powerful in the world), is helping the US government, private business and academics resist the efforts of foreign intelligence to steal valuable data.
“We are working very closely with business and the government guys to make sure they can best protect their research and data,” Evanina said. "And we have no doubt that foreign intelligence services, including the Chinese, will try to find out what we are doing here."
The US government is trying to provide support in the work on the vaccine under the program, which, according to some sources, was codenamed "Operation Warp Speed".
It is clear that any country that was the first to discover the formula for an effective and safe medicine will first of all try to provide them with its citizens.
“We contacted all the medical research organizations that are conducting these developments, and recommended that they be very, very vigilant,” added the counterintelligence officer. “In today's world, there is nothing more valuable and deserving of kidnapping than the results of biomedical research that can help create a vaccine against coronavirus.”
Cyber attacks on hospitals
In mid-April, the FBI reported attempts to infiltrate coronavirus research organizations.
According to Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI Tonya Ugorets, data from biomedical research has long been a “priority target of cyber espionage,” and organizations known to be working on the virus were “taken notice of”.
Later, Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers noted that it would be “beyond absurd” to believe that China is not interested in such information.
In March, the Canadian Cybersecurity Center warned that “gravely threatened elements could attempt to steal the intellectual property of research organizations related to COVID-19.”
At the same time, American and Western spies in general cannot but be interested in what is happening in China, including conflicting data on mortality from COVID-19, as well as studies in the field of vaccines and other possible drugs for coronavirus.
The danger of cyber attacks on medical facilities continues to persist, which could jeopardize their ability to cope with the pandemic.
In April, two hospitals in the Czech Republic were already subjected to cyber attacks, and this unexpectedly entailed a reaction from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“We urge the alleged author of this attack to refrain from malicious cyber activity against the Czech healthcare system or similar infrastructures elsewhere,” said Pompeo.
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