US, UK, Canada Allege Russia Is Attempting To Hack COVID-19 Vaccine Researchers / CC BY 4.0


The three allies allege that group 'Cozy Bear' is using various tools to hack information from vaccine researchers.

The United States, United Kingdom and Canada have alleged that Russia is using cyberattacks in an effort to steal information about a coronavirus vaccine from researchers in the three countries, according to The Hill.

  • The three allies have alleged that “the hacking group known as APT29, or ‘Cozy Bear,’ which is largely believed to operate as part of Russia's security services, is conducting an ‘ongoing’ cyber campaign to steal intellectual property about a possible COVID-19 vaccine.”
  • The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said in an online post on Thursday: "Russian cyber actors are targeting organisations involved in coronavirus vaccine development, UK security officials have revealed.”
  • According to the NCSC, the Department of Homeland Security, National Security Agency and Canadian intelligence were involved with the assessment.

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

"While others pursue their selfish interests with reckless behaviour, 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," he continued.

  • The NCSC said research and development organizations in all three countries have been targeted using tools that include spear-phishing techniques and malware known as “WellMess” and “WellMail.”

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