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Is Russia getting vaccine research hacked?

British authorities accuse hackers of cyber espionage among vaccine researchers around the world on behalf of Moscow. Authorities in the USA and Canada also share this assessment. Russia rejects the allegations.

Russia has denied British authorities that Russian hackers are cyber-espioning vaccine researchers around the world on behalf of Moscow. There is no evidence and the allegations are "propaganda," said the Russian embassy in London. Russia is actively involved in the fight against the corona virus internationally, including in Great Britain's initiatives.

"In response, we get allegations that we tried to steal information about a vaccine," the Russian embassy said. Moscow has also always offered London a dialogue in the event of cybersecurity threats. There is the specially created Russian national coordination center for computer incidents, said the embassy. However, there have never been any inquiries about possible attacks from Russia via the official channels.

Russia has developed its own vaccine

According to the government, Russia has developed its own vaccine that has already passed initial clinical tests. The government recently announced that mass production would begin in the fall. The head of the state fund for direct investment, Kirill Dmitriev, told journalists on Thursday that the Russian population would be vaccinated by the beginning of next year.

In the evening he told the agency Interfax, according to the British broadcaster Times Radio, that Russia had no reason to steal a vaccine. However, he said, surprisingly, that Russia was negotiating the manufacture of a vaccine with the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca in Great Britain. It is a development from Oxford that is to be produced in Russia by the manufacturer R-Pharm.

Vaccine espionage by "APT29"

British authorities accuse hackers of cyber-espionage of vaccine researchers around the world on behalf of Moscow. This emerges from a communication from the British Center for Cyber ​​Security NCSC (National Cyber ​​Security Center) on Thursday.

According to this, a hacker group known as "APT29" or "Cozy Bear" and "The Dukes" has been trying to collect "valuable data" from organizations involved in research and development of vaccines since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic steal. The group operates "almost certainly" as part of Russian intelligence, it said in an NCSC statement. This assessment is also shared by authorities in the USA and Canada.

Artturi Lehtiö, researcher at Finnish security specialist F-Secure, said these types of organizations are not traditional targets for "The Dukes". The attacks are in line with the group's alignment with national security interests - one of which is undoubtedly the coronavirus pandemic.

The Duke's sudden interest in intellectual property theft could signal a shift in its priorities due to the severity of the pandemic in Russia. "Covid-19 could be such an important national security priority for Russia that everyone has to lend a hand."

(APA / dpa)