Russian hackers tried to steal data on the vaccine for the coronavirus – a British cyber security centre

Russian hackers intended to hack into the servers of the organizations involved in the development of vaccines against coronavirus. On 16 July announced the national cybersecurity center in the UK (NCSC).

Crackers are included in the group APT29, also known under the names of The Dukes and Cozy Bear; it operates under the auspices of the Russian security services, the report said.

Hackers used vulnerabilities in computer systems with malware and WellMess WellMail to download files from infected computers and used the so-called phishing – fake e-mails. Attack on the developers of the vaccine, in addition to the United Kingdom, registered in the U.S. and Canada, spoke at the NCSC.

“We condemn these heinous attacks on those who perform vital work in the fight against the pandemic coronavirus,” said operating Director of the center Floor Chichester.

According to him, research centres, directed advice on protection against break-ins.

Hackers operating out of Russia or supported by this country, a suspect in a series of attacks on structures in the United States, the Netherlands, Norway, the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, etc. it is believed that a group of Cozy Bear, which stands for the foreign intelligence Service of the Russian Federation, was hacked in July 2016 , the mail server of the National Congress of Democratic party of the United States.

The national center for cybersecurity in the UK and the U.S. Agency CISA may 5, said the growth in the number of hacker attacks on organizations, which are involved in the fight against the pandemic coronavirus.

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