Britain, US and Canada accuse Russia of hacking COVID-19 vaccine trials

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Published: July 17,2020 08:14 AM
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July 17, 2020: Britain, the United States and Canada accused Russia of trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday.

July 17, 2020: Britain, the United States and Canada accused Russia of trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday.



The three nations alleged that a hacking group APT29, also known as Cozy Bear and said to be part of the Russian intelligence service, is attacking academic and pharmaceutical research institutions involved in coronavirus vaccine development.



Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre made the announcement, which was coordinated with authorities in the US and Canada.



The persistent and continuing attacks are seen by intelligence officials as an effort to steal intellectual property, rather than to disrupt research. The campaign of "malicious activity'' is ongoing and includes attacks "predominantly against government, diplomatic, think-tank, healthcare and energy targets,'' the National Cyber Security Centre said in a statement.



Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement, "It is completely unacceptable that the Russian Intelligence Services are targeting those working to combat the coronavirus pandemic''.



"We have no information on who could have hacked pharmaceutical companies and research centres in Britain," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.


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