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Russian Cyberattacks Target COVID-19 Research, Vaccine Development

Government agencies in the US, UK, and Canada report Russian group Cozy Bear is targeting organizations developing coronavirus vaccines.

Russian cyberattacks are targeting organizations involved with COVID-19 research and vaccine development, according to a new joint advisory from the US, UK, and Canadian governments.

Cozy Bear, also known as APT29, is a cyber-espionage group "almost certainly" part of Russian intelligence services that uses several tools and techniques to primarily target governmental, diplomatic, think-tank, healthcare, and energy organizations, the advisory states.

The group has targeted multiple institutions involved with COVID-19 vaccine development in the US, UK, and Canada throughout 2020. It's "highly likely" its goal is to steal data and intellectual property related to vaccine testing and development. APT29 is reportedly using WellMess and WellMail custom malware to target organizations around the world, including those working on COVID-19 vaccines. Neither malware has previously been linked to the group.

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) published the advisory with agreement from Canada's Communications Security Establishment (CSE), the US National Security Agency (NSA), and DHS' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which published its own advisory for the threat and included Sorefang malware among APT29's attack tools.

Targeted organizations were not disclosed. Read the full Joint Cybersecurity Advisory via NCSC.

 

 

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7/19/2020 | 3:06:15 PM
Re: Downside to vaccine theft
Well, if its proven legally then the perpetrator/s can be in serious hot water. Depending on where it gets stolen from geographically it can be difficult to puruse legal action.

The thing I think that bothers me is, I understand the capitalistic view in most scenarios but don't we think a global pandemic is grave enough to share information openly and maybe not profit massively off it?

It makes sense for a Coca Cola trade secret but not a virus that is killing hundreds of thousands and keeping the rest of us on lockdown until this vaccine goes through trials.
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cdweis,
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7/17/2020 | 12:00:39 PM
Downside to vaccine theft
I understand that it is fair to keep your IP, and theft of that is wrong.  In this case, what bad thing happens to whom if the vaccine is stolen?
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