THREE hacking groups launched cyber attacks in a disturbing bid to steal Covid vaccine secrets, Microsoft says.
According to the US tech company, two of the groups are backed by Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin while the third is from North Korea.
Russian and North Korean hackers have attempted to steal vaccine secrets, Microsoft said[/caption]
Microsoft said it has detected attempts by the rogue hackers to steal valuable data from leading pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers.
It said in a blog post Friday that most of the attacks in recent months were unsuccessful, but provided no information on how many succeeded or how serious those breaches were.
The cyber raids targeted vaccine manufacturers, a clinical research firm and one that developed a coronavirus test, Microsoft said.
It did not name the targets but said most had vaccine candidates in various stages of clinical trials.
The companies were located in the US,Canada, India, South Korea and France, the tech firm says.
One of the hacking groups involved was the infamous Moscow-backed Fancy bear.
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