Britain, the US and Canada have blamed Russia of attempting to steal information from researchers who seek a COVID-19 vaccine. The three nations say that the hacking group APT29, also known as Cozy Bear, is targeting academic and pharmaceutical research institutions involved in the production of coronavirus vaccines and claimed to be part of the Russian intelligence service. The statement was made by Britain’s National Cybersecurity Centre, which was coordinated with US and Canadian authorities.
Intelligence officials see the frequent and continuing attacks as an attempt to seize intellectual property, rather than hinder science.
If any information actually steals knowing, but the centre says sensitive information from individuals is compromising. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
Washington has described Cozy Bear, also known as the “dukes,” as one of two Russian government-linked hacking groups that hacked into the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and stole emails ahead of the 2016 presidential election. Typically the other group ‘s named Fancy Rabbit.
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The statement state whether Russian President Vladimir Putin knows about the hacking of vaccine research, but British officials believe that such intelligence is high values. A 16-page report released Thursday by Britain, the US and Canada accuse Cozy Bear of using custom malicious software to threaten a number of organizations worldwide. The malware, names WellMess and WellMail, affiliates with the hacking community previously, the advisory states.
In April, the cybersecurity agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned that cybercriminals and other groups were targeting COVID-19 study. Thus, noting at the time that the rise in people teleworking. It is due to the pandemic had generated new ways for hackers to exploit. Vulnerable targets include health care agencies, pharmaceutical companies, academia, medical research organizations and local authorities, security officials said.
These organisations’ global scope and multinational supply chains also make them vulnerable, the US. Security Authority for Safety and Infrastructure state in a warning that releases in tandem with its UK counterpart. CISA said it, and the British Cybersecurity agency found threat groups monitoring targeted companies’ external websites. Also, looking for weaknesses in unpatched applications. It had not named any of the targeted firms.