Foreign state-sponsored hackers are reportedly targeting companies tasked with researching COVID-19, in some cases intruding into systems and performing reconnaissance.

FBI Deputy Assistant Director Tonya Ugoretz acknowledged the cyber espionage activity in an online panel discussion organizations by the Aspen Institute, Reuters has reported.

Ugoretz reportedly said that when companies publicly disclose that they are investigating the disease, it "makes them a mark for other nation-states that are interested in gleaning details about what exactly they’re doing and maybe even stealing proprietary information that those institutions have."

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