Posted on 07-17-2020.
Great Britain has claimed that the Russian government-backed hackers made an attempt to illegally obtain secret research on a coronavirus vaccine developed by Britain. Apart from the United Kingdom, the Russian intelligence allegedly targeted pharmaceutical research organizations in the United States and Canada as part of the attack. The cyberattack that was revealed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) apparently targeted Oxford University and Imperial College of London that have been developing the vaccine, with the British government allocating over £40 million to the research teams.
"APT29 is likely to continue to target organizations involved in Covid-19 vaccine research and development as they seek to answer additional intelligence questions relating to the pandemic."Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that the accusations were not backed by “proper evidence,” and added:
"We don't have information about who may have hacked pharmaceutical companies and research centers in Britain. We may say one thing: Russia has nothing to do with those attempts."In response to the attempt to steal the secret research, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:
"It is completely unacceptable that the Russian Intelligence Services are targeting those working to combat the coronavirus pandemic. While others pursue their selfish interests with reckless behavior the UK and its allies are getting on with the hard work of finding a vaccine and protecting global health. The UK will continue to counter those conducting such cyber-attacks and work with our allies to hold perpetrators to account."