China rejects accusations of hackers targetting COVID vaccine firm Moderna!
In what has been an unprecedented happening for most people in the world, they are facing the COVID-19 Novel Corona Virus Pandemic. This Corona Virus originated in China, where the Wuhan Province is being considered as Ground Zero for this Virus. Teams of researchers and scientists are racing against time to identify a vaccine or a cure for this deadly Virus and there are about 250 different vaccines in various stages of development but only a select few have been in the human trials stage and are looking at going into production, as early as in September or October itself! One such vaccine in the advanced clinical stages is the USA biotech company Moderna Inc.
Earlier today, there were reports that a US security official tracking Chinese hacking had identified hacking attempts on Moderna Inc., by China based hackers. This comes at a time when the negative sentiments against China are building up heavily across the globe with undue Chinese aggression on many fronts being the reason. The Trump administration has been slamming China at all possible avenues and Donald Trump himself addresses the Corona Virus as the China Virus! Recently, tensions have been mounting against China by India, USA, Australia and a number of other nations for various reasons like border clashes, control of the South China Sea, spying using Chinese apps and many other such!
Responding to these allegations by the USA, China has unequivocally called these statements to be baseless accusations. The Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin has mentioned in the media that China does not need to engage in technology theft and that these accusations are absolutely baseless! However, it was just last week that the US Justice Department made an indiction public, announcing two Chinese nationals of spying on the United States, including three unnamed US-based targets, involved in the medical field specifically conducting research to combat the Corona Virus! The report mentioned a Massachusetts-based biotech company and there were also reports of a Moderna employee stating that they had been in touch with the FBI regarding cyber security issues! Stay tuned for updates...