Microsoft claims that they have detected a series of cyber-attacks on companies researching or developing a vaccine against COVID-19. The report details that the origins of these attacks lay with cyber-criminals in Russia and North Korea.
The report details that the origins of these attacks lay in cyber-crooks in Russia and North Korea. The attacks came mainly from these two players, who targeted the United States, Canada, South Korea, India and France. Fortunately, Microsoft was able to detect the greatest number of attacks in time thanks to its protection systems included in computers.
Once attacks were detected, Microsoft offered its help to prevent and improve security systems in health-oriented companies. They also warned of the possibility of destabilizing society through this type of attack, together with the historical stage we are going through with the COVID-19.
Cyber-crooks used phishing through various emails. This method is known as phishing and is often very common among both advanced cyber-crooks and amateurs trying to defraud a large number of users.
Other measures used to perpetrate attacks on companies involved in COVID-19 research and vaccination were brute force attacks and computer hijacking, better known as ransomware.
The attacks received from Russia -Strontium- and those from North Korea -Zinc and Cerium- were repudiated in time by the Microsoft team. In addition, it offered its help to improve the security of IT environments so that it could continue with its main activity without major setbacks.