U.S., Britain and Canada say Russian cyberspies are trying to steal coronavirus vaccine research
The British urged organizations working on vaccines and antivirals “to defend their networks,” Chichester said in a statement.
Britain’s cybersecurity agency, alongside the National Security Agency in the United States, said that a group named APT29, also known as “the Dukes” or “Cozy Bear,” has targeted British, American and Canadian vaccine research and development organizations.
British officials said there was 95 percent certainty that APT29 was part of the Russian intelligence services. U.S. and Canadian experts concurred.
“APT29 has a long history of targeting governmental, diplomatic, think-tank, healthcare and energy organizations for intelligence gain so we encourage everyone to take this threat seriously and apply the mitigations issued in the advisory,” Anne Neuberger, cybersecurity director for the U.S. National Security Agency, said in a statement.
It was highly likely that the group was trying to collect information on vaccine development or research on the virus itself, Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said.
The Russian spying is ongoing, with …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]