Chinese hackers stole information from Spanish laboratories working on a covid-19 vaccine, the daily El País reported today.
This information is released when several countries are competing in the race for a vaccine to contain the pandemic. coronavirus, which has already killed more than 940,000 people and infected 30 million worldwide.
The newspaper cites informed sources about these cyber attacks, but does not specify what information was stolen or when it occurred.
Attacks on computer systems have been repeated in several countries competing in this race, according to the newspaper, which cites the director of the National Intelligence Center (CNI), Paz Esteban.
The official added that the respective secret services exchange information to prevent such attacks, without providing further details.
At a news conference yesterday, Esteban warned of the “qualitative and quantitative” growth of cyber attacks during confinement.
The director of the CNI highlighted cyber attacks on “sensitive sectors such as health and pharmaceuticals”, as well as “a campaign, especially virulent, not only in Spain, against laboratories working in search of a vaccine for covid-19”.
Most of these cyber attacks, according to sources consulted by the newspaper, came from China and Russia.
In many cases, they are state entities, but there are also universities and criminal organizations that commercialize the stolen information, the sources add.
In the case of Spain, it is known that the attack came from China.
No CNI official could be reached at this time to comment on this information from El Pais.