Security agencies in the United States suspect that China is preparing to launch cyber attacks against medical devices, drugs, and research groups related to the response to the coronavirus pandemic, and have therefore taken urgent measures to “protect the systems” from possible intruders. .
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have made a statement that points directly to Beijing and denounces a “significant threat” to the United States’ work against COVID-19. , the disease derived from the new coronavirus.
With this message, the two agencies want to raise awareness of the risk and encourage those who discover “suspicious activity” to contact the authorities.
The authorities plan to release “additional technical details” in the coming days, although CISA and the UK’s National Cybersecurity Agency have warned of possible criminal activity against organizations that use weak passwords in response to the theft pandemic.
The United States is the country most affected by the corona virus, with more than 1.3 million infections and more than 82,000 deaths. US President Donald Trump has intensified his criticism of China in recent weeks and has denounced an alleged cover-up of the virus in the early stages of the outbreak.