US, Britain, Canada Accuse Russia of Hacking Coronavirus Research


It should come as no surprise that Russian Federation isn't the only country to have been allegedly caught for hacking.

Raab said Sunday that Britain will work with its allies to call Russian Federation out on its "reprehensible behavior" and make sure research organizations know "so that they can better defend against it".

Russian news agency RIA cited spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying the Kremlin rejected London's allegations, which he said were not backed by proper evidence.

Britain is expected to publish a long-delayed report into Russian influence in British politics next week.

"In Canada, we are committed to defending these principles in cyberspace, especially when they touch on the interests of Canadians".

This prompted other nations to check whether Russian Federation spied on their research institutes that are conducting coronavirus vaccine trials.

Speaking to Marr, the Russian ambassador said: "Speaking about the recent referendum on the constitution, I have to mention: The commission studying the results discovered several cyber-attacks coming from the territory of the UK".

Mr Raab said the cyber spies trying to steal virus vaccine information were engaged by the very highest levels of the Kremlin.

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For instance, the " Fruitfly " malware circulated for years with the apparent ability to secretly hijack a Mac's web camera. For users concerned whether the camera is on, an alternative may be to check whether the camera light indicator is active.

The development brings concerns about vaccine nationalism to a whole new level at a time when countries are scrambling to secure supplies of future shots in advance. The U.S. and the United Kingdom are also alleging that they were targeted.

Cozy Bear is one of two hacking groups linked to Russian intelligence that is believed to have accessed the Democratic National Committee's internal systems in the lead-up to the 2016 U.S. election, but the recent announcement is the first time this group has been named in connection to cyberattacks related to the coronavirus pandemic, according to

The hacker group uses a variety of tools and techniques to target government, diplomatic, think-tank, healthcare and energy targets for intelligence gain, the advisory notes. "Also protecting global health", he said in a statement.

USA officials as recently as Thursday have accused China of similar conduct.

British officials say that the ongoing and highly targeted hacking operation by Cozy Bear has focused on facilities known to be working on coronavirus vaccines and treatments to overcome COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. However, they will be working out with their allies to "call out those who seek to do us harm in cyberspace and hold them accountable".

He explained that the said vaccine is made up of two injected components that will, together, help people get a long-term immunity against the novel coronavirus.

"The third phase will not only take place in Russian Federation, but also in a number of other countries", Dmitriev told reporters Thursday during an online press conference.