July 23, 2020

Around the nation: DOJ announces indictment alleging Chinese hackers attempted to steal coronavirus research

Daily Briefing

    According to the Department of Justice, a federal grand jury has approved an 11-count indictment against two Chinese hackers for attempting to steal U.S. information, including data regarding the vaccine development against the new coronavirus, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Delaware, the District of Columbia, and Texas.

    • Delaware: Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee for 2020, on Tuesday unveiled a 10-year, $775 billion plan aimed at bolstering the caregiver and early-childhood educator workforce. The plan calls for creating tax credits to help low-income families pay for caregivers for both children and seniors, improving caregiving services for veterans and seniors, and ensuring universal access to preschool for all children ages three and four (Linskey/Viser, Washington Post, 7/21; Weissert/Jaffe, Associated Press, 7/21; Gaudiano, Politico, 7/21).
    • District of Columbia: The Department of Justice on Tuesday announced that a federal grand jury has approved an 11-count indictment against two Chinese hackers for attempting to steal U.S. information regarding the development of vaccines against the new coronavirus under a broader, "global computer intrusion campaign" that began over a decade ago. According to the indictment, the two alleged hackers, Li Xiaoyu and Dong Jiazhi, sometimes operated on behalf of China's spy services and had stolen information regarding several topics—including biotechnology, non-governmental organizations, human rights activists, and more—from U.S. companies and other entities (Barnes, New York Times, 7/21; Rummler, Axios, 7/21).
    • Texas: Memorial Hermann Health System on Friday announced that Alex King will become the health system's EVP and CFO effective Oct. 1. King currently is CFO of Children's National Health System in the District of Columbia. He's previously served as SVP of finance at Texas Children's Hospital and as VP of clinical strategy and operations at Baylor College of Medicine (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/20).
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