The UK charges in cyberattacks to steal data about an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus are an attempt to tarnish the reputation of the Russian vaccine. This was stated by Director of the Russian direct investment Fund (RDIF) Kirill Dmitriev in the air of the Radio Times, says RBC.
“The whole story, I think, is an attempt to tarnish the reputation of the Russian vaccine some people who are afraid of success,” — said Dmitriev. He stressed that Russian drug is potentially the first to enter the market and become the most effective. In addition, he said, to steal a vaccine from the UK to Russia makes no sense.
“First, there is no need to steal from Oxford, because AstraZeneca has initiated discussions with one of our pharmaceutical companies contract for the production of the Oxford vaccine in Russia”, — said the head of RDIF.
“Secondly, our vaccine was developed in 2015 as a vaccine against Ebola, and then against MERS. All of this was published in scientific journals. And the only thing scientists have done is just replaced the parts Ebola and parts parts MERS coronavirus,” said Dmitriev.
On 16 July, the national cybersecurity center in the UK (NCSC) stated that the hacker group APT29 attempted to hack the data of pharmacological companies in order to steal information about the development and testing of vaccines against coronavirus infection. While in London claimed that the hackers “almost certainly” controlled by Russian intelligence.
Similar statements were made by the special services of the USA and Canada. In the Kremlin these messages are called unfounded and unacceptable, adding that Russia has no relation to cyber-attacks.