A senior U.S. intelligence official revealed that the United States has seen foreign spy agencies snoop for coronavirus vaccine research.
Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, declined to say whether there have been confirmed cases of stolen data, but did say that the government has warned medical research organizations about the risk.
Security sources in the United Kingdom confirmed they had observed similar activity from cyber spies. The news comes as the world scrambles to find a vaccine for COVID-19. Domestic intelligence agencies are helping to protect their own country’s medical research efforts.
Evanina said he is focused on keeping snooping foreign spy agencies out. “We have been working with our industry and government folk here very closely to ensure they are protecting all the research and data as best they can,” he said.