Russia Accused of Attempting to Hack And Steal COVID-19 Vaccine Data; Kremlin Denies

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Officials from the U.S., the U.K. and Canada blamed Russia for attempting to hack and steal coronavirus vaccine data.

A bulletin published by the officials on Thursday said that a group associated with Russian intelligence called APT29—also known as 'Cozy Bear'—is targeting drug firms and research institutions.

“We condemn these despicable attacks against those doing vital work to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Working with our allies, the NCSC is committed to protecting our most critical assets and our top priority at this time is to protect the health sector," said Paul Chichester, director of Operations for Britain's National Cyber Security Centre. “Working with our allies, the NCSC is committed to protecting our most critical assets and our top priority at this time is to protect the health sector."

"It is completely unacceptable that the Russian Intelligence Services are targeting those working to combat the coronavirus pandemic. While others pursue their selfish interests with reckless behavior, the UK and its allies are getting on with the hard work of finding a vaccine and protecting global health," said Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. 

"The UK will continue to counter those conducting such cyber attacks, and work with our allies to hold perpetrators to account," he added.

However, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov denied these allegations while speaking to Russia’s TASS news agency.

“We do not have information on who might have hacked into pharmaceutical companies and research centers," said Peskov. "We can only say one thing: Russia has nothing to do with these attempts. We do not accept these accusations, as well as the usual accusations of interference in the 2019 election."

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