COVID-19: UK Claims Russian Spies Tried To Hack Research On Vaccine

UK’s NCSC has claimed that Russian spies are targeting Coronavirus vaccine development centres in the UK, the US and Canada.

ZEE5 Web Desk

July 17, 2020

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The United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has said that hackers in Russia are repeatedly targeting organisations trying to develop a COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, US, and Canada. The cybersecurity body has claimed that the hackers “almost certainly” operate as “part of Russian intelligence services.” While it did not specify which organisations had been targeted, or whether any information had been stolen, it did say that vaccine research had not been hindered by the hackers.

Russia has denied any responsibility. “We do not have information about who may have hacked into pharmaceutical companies and research centres in Great Britain. We can say one thing – Russia has nothing at all to do with these attempts,” said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for President Vladimir Putin. Along with the NCSC, cybersecurity officials from Canada and the US have made similar claims. As efforts to develop the vaccine are in full swing, such developments could end up slowing them down.

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