UPDATED 11:19 AM PT — Thursday, July 16, 2020
The U.S., U.K. and Canada have alleged that Russia is attempting to steal information about a coronavirus vaccine. In a joint statement Thursday the three countries claimed a hacking group known as APT29 is behind attacks targeting vaccine research and development organizations.
The countries believe the group is likely operating as part of the Russian government. Officials condemned the attempted cyber breaches by calling them “despicable attacks against those doing vital work to combat the pandemic.”
“We’re all trying to find a vaccine that both our people and people around the world can benefit from,” stated British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. “To have the Russian government engaged in that endeavor, I think needs calling out and I think the world should know it.”
Today, the NCSC and allies have revealed Russian cyber actors are targeting organisations involved in coronavirus vaccine development@CISAgov @NSAcyber @cse_cst https://t.co/Z8QZvXyZYb pic.twitter.com/IyevMXWiCH
— NCSC UK (@NCSC) July 16, 2020
Meanwhile, the Russian government has denied they are attempting to steal coronavirus research and said there’s no evidence to corroborate these claims.