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Chicago Partner Jena Valdetero was quoted July 24 by Law360 on recent warnings from the US, UK and Canada that a Russia-linked group has carried out online attacks on organizations working to research and develop a vaccine for COVID-19. In May, US officials also warned that users backed by the Chinese government are trying to steal vaccine research. “Anytime a company has something of value, it becomes a target for hacking,” said Valdetero, co-leader of BCLP’s Data Privacy & Security Team. “Most hacks don’t occur through terribly sophisticated means, but instead happen because the company didn’t employ basic security measures that would have prevented an attack, like multifactor authentication, proper vendor management and open [remote desktop protocol] ports. Companies should look at their security measures and ensure that they are taking at least baseline precautions.”

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