When this is all said and done, whenever that may be, there is little doubt that there will be finger pointed at China.
From the very start of this mess it has been apparent that China has been less than forthcoming about the true nature of COVID-19. Not only was their data misleading at best, (and nefariously deflated at worst), but now they’ve been accused of trying to steal American information about the illness
The F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security are preparing to issue a warning that China’s most skilled hackers and spies are working to steal American research in the crash effort to develop vaccines and treatments for the coronavirus. The efforts are part of a surge in cybertheft and attacks by nations seeking advantage in the pandemic.
The warning comes as Israeli officials accuse Iran of mounting an effort in late April to cripple water supplies as Israelis were confined to their houses, though the government has offered no evidence to back its claim. More than a dozen countries have redeployed military and intelligence hackers to glean whatever they can about other nations’ virus responses. Even American allies like South Korea and nations that do not typically stand out for their cyberabilities, like Vietnam, have suddenly redirected their state-run hackers to focus on virus-related information, according to private security firms.
A draft of the forthcoming public warning, which officials say is likely to be issued in the days to come, says China is seeking “valuable intellectual property and public health data through illicit means related to vaccines, treatments and testing.” It focuses on cybertheft and action by “nontraditional actors,” a euphemism for researchers and students the Trump administration says are being activated to steal data from inside academic and private laboratories.
China’s behavior during this global pandemic has already led to a number of calls for reparations by Beijing, and any evidence that supports the theory that China lied and people died is sure to boost this sentiment.