The US, UK and Canada say Russian hackers have attacked research centers that are developing a coronavirus vaccine.
This was reported by the American edition of CNN.
According to information published by the National Cybersecurity Center, the Russian hacker group ART29, also called “dukes” and “cozy bear”, attacked British, American and Canadian organizations that are engaged in coronavirus research and vaccine development.
“The APT29 campaign continues mainly against government, diplomatic, analytical, medical and energy targets aimed at stealing valuable intellectual property,” the article said.
Cozy Bear is a group linked to Russian intelligence that allegedly gained access to the internal systems of the Democratic National Committee ahead of the 2016 US elections.
At the same time, the Speaker of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that Russia has nothing to do with hacker attacks on organizations that are developing vaccines against coronavirus.
Previously, CNN had already reported on an increasing number of cyberattacks on US medical facilities that are coordinating the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
“Foreign actors continue to take advantage of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. APT29 has a long history of targeting government, diplomatic, analytical, medical and energy organizations for intelligence, so we urge everyone to take this threat seriously and apply mitigation measures, ”said NSA director of cybersecurity Anna Neuberger.
A similar opinion is expressed by the Canadian Security Administration. In turn, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that the attacks of the Russian special services of those organizations that are working on the development of the vaccine are unacceptable.
“While others pursue their selfish interests with reckless behavior, the UK and its allies continue the hard work of finding a vaccine and protecting global health,” he said.