Tag Archives: vaccine research

Report: Vaccine Developer Moderna Alerted to Suspected Reconnaissance Activities by China-Backed Hackers

Cybersecurity

Moderna, a Massachusetts-based biotech company working on a coronavirus vaccine, had been a target of hackers with links to the Chinese government. A U.S. security official said threat actors targeted the company in an effort to steal research data on its vaccine candidate.

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Senate’s COVID-19 Relief Bill Earmarks $53M for CISA

Senate Hearing

The Senate Appropriations Committee has proposed a COVID-19 pandemic relief package that would set aside $53 million to help the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) protect vaccine research from cyber threat actors.

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Kevin Cox: CDM Program Helps Pandemic Response Agencies Improve Network Visibility

Kevin Cox

Kevin Cox, manager of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, said the program is working with the federal agencies involved in vaccine research and other COVID-19 pandemic response efforts to help them improve their data protection and network visibility.

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Tonya Ugoretz: FBI Sees Significant Rise in Cyber Threats Related to COVID-19

Tonya Ugoretz

Tonya Ugoretz, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division, said at least 20,000 reports of malicious emails, scams and other cyber threats related to the COVID-19 pandemic have been lodged this year with the bureau’s internet crime complaint center. She noted that nation-state actors continue to target U.S. health care institutions performing research into treatments and vaccines against the disease.

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Bryan Ware: CISA Accelerates Efforts to Protect Federal Research Facilities From Nation-State Actors

Bryan Ware

Bryan Ware, assistant director at the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said CISA has strengthened cyber defense measures at federal health agencies and research facilities as nation-state actors continue their attempts to compromise coronavirus vaccine research efforts, CyberScoop reported Friday.

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