Russian Hackers Target COVID Research Centers

US, UK AND CANADA GOVERNMENTS ALLEGE RUSSIAN CYBER ATTACKERS ARE TARGETING ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED IN DEVELOPING COVID-19 VACCINES

(CNN) – Russian cyber attackers are targeting organizations involved in developing COVID-19 vaccines.

That’s according to security officials from the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

In May, the three countries issued an advisory warning of ongoing cyberattacks against organizations involved in the coronavirus response.

Officials say hospitals, research laboratories, health care providers and pharmaceutical companies have all been hit.

On Thursday, the governments detailed activity by a Russian hacking group called APT-29, which also goes by the name The Dukes or Cozy Bear.

Cozy Bear is one of the hacking groups linked to Russia that’s believed to have interfered in the 2016 U.S. election.

But Thursday’s announcement is the first time this group has been connected to cyberattacks related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The U.K.’s lead technical authority on cyber security said APT-29 “almost certainly operate as part of Russian Intelligence Services”.

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