Washington | The United States will publicly accuse China of attempting to hack into the u.s. research on a vaccine against the coronavirus to learn useful information, reported on Monday of american newspapers.
The american federal police and the department of homeland Security will publish in the coming days,” a warning official warning against attempts alleged to get “in an unlawful manner of precious elements covered by the intellectual property and public health data on vaccines, treatments and screening tests,” according to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
In the crosshairs of the FBI, hackers and “non-traditional actors”, in other words, researchers and students who, under the administration of Donald Trump, are enabled to steal information within academic institutions and public laboratories in which they work.
They are in any case suspected of acting on behalf of the Chinese, say the two daily newspapers.
The United States accuse already of long date to the asian giant to engage in industrial espionage and have made the protection of their intellectual property a priority in the trade war between the two great powers.
But such an accusation risk to escalate even further the relations between Washington and Beijing, already very strained since the emergence of the new coronavirus in late 2019 in the chinese city of Wuhan.
The chinese ministry of foreign Affairs has swept Monday under suspicion of piracy after the publication of the information in the New York Times.
“China is a big advocate of cyber security, and a victim of cyber-attacks. We are firmly opposed to any kind of cyber-attacks perpetrated by hackers and we will fight them,” replied his spokesman Zhao Lijian during a press conference.
“We are at the cutting edge of world research on a vaccine and treatment against the disease COVID-19. It is immoral to target China with rumors and slander in the absence of evidence,” he insisted.
The administration Trump accuses the chinese authorities have been slow to alert the world about the epidemic, and of having concealed the extent. And, therefore, to be “responsible” for its planetary spread, for the death of hundreds of thousands of people, and the current unprecedented economic crisis Worse, the american president and his secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, suspect now openly Beijing to have hidden a laboratory accident in Wuhan who would have been at the origin of the pandemic.