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FBI, CISA Warn of Chinese State-Backed Hackers Targeting COVID-19 Research Orgs

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The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CIAS) have called on organizations conducting research related to COVID-19 to implement cybersecurity measures to protect their work from foreign threat actors.

Cyber actors with ties to the Chinese government have been observed targeting U.S. research organizations to gain access to public health data and intellectual property related to vaccines and testing, FBI said Wednesday.

CISA and the FBI have recommended that organizations patch their systems for vulnerabilities, scan web applications for anomalous activities and unauthorized access, require multi-factor authentication and suspend access of users exhibiting malicious activity.

The bureau urged victims to report to their local field office any incidents of criminal or suspicious activity.