Chinese hackers targeting cancer research institutes

According to researchers, Chinese advanced persistent threat groups are focusing their attention on cancer research organizations, in the latest reports of cyber stacks, so as to steal their research.

Cancer is one of the deadliest diseases around the globe, including China. It has been responsible for claiming the lives of some 9.6 million people in 2018 only. According to an estimate by the World Health Organization, cancer is responsible for 1 in 6 deaths which take place every year. With regard to these increased numbers research institutes worldwide are trying to study ways to advance the detention and treatment of cancer.

Not surprisingly, China is among these researching countries. However, FireEye, a cybersecurity company, has stated how China has adopted immoral approaches to fasten cancer research in the country.

According to a research published by FireEye on Wednesday, titled “Beyond Compliance: Cyber Threats and Healthcare,” Chinese advanced persistent threat groups (a lot of whom are funded by the government) are targeting medical institutes and cancer-researching organizations.

In one incident that took place in April, Chinese hackers focused on a U.S.-based cancer research institute with a malware-spiked file mentioning a conference the institute held. A year before that, the Chinese hacking outfit APT41 spear phished employees of the same institute.

The report by FireEye said: “Targeting medical research and data from studies may enable Chinese corporations to bring new drugs to market faster than Western competitors.”

The Chinese Embassy situated in Washington has failed to respond to a request for comment on the matter. China has denied all allegations of it utilizing hacking methods to progress its economic objectives.

The report by FireEye also mentions various other sponsors of health care-concentrated espionages, for example Russia.