The UK’s Centre for National Cybersecurity (NCSC) on Thursday accused Russia of carrying out a cyber attack against British scientists working on the development of a possible coronavirus vaccine. The attacks were allegedly carried out by alleged hackers linked to Russian intelligence agencies.
In a joint statement with the national security agencies of the United States and Canada, it is indicated that the attacks against national scientists are part of a global campaign by the group known as APT29, which seeks to usurp the secrets of the search for the vaccine: “We condemn these despicable attacks against those who are doing vital work in combating the coronavirus pandemic,” Paul Chichester, the British centre’s director of operations, said in the statement today.
Human trials of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine have been reported Thursday to be yielding good results in human trials. Scientists have detected that the antibodies and T-lymphocytes generated by the vaccine could produce an immune response.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called on Russia to stop these “irresponsible” cyber-attacks: “It is completely unacceptable that the Russian Intelligence Services are targeting those working to combat the coronavirus pandemic,” Raab said. He added that “while others pursue their selfish interests with careless behaviour, the UK and its allies continue to do the hard work of finding a vaccine and protecting global health”: “The UK will continue to fight those who carry out these kinds of cyber attacks and work with our allies to bring those responsible to justice”.