Cyber Security Centre of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland reported on July 16 that hackers allegedly affiliated with Russia tried to steal data on the development of coronavirus vaccine.
“The National Centre for Cyber Security of the United Kingdom estimates that APT29 (also known as Dukes and Cozy Bear) is almost certainly operating within the Russian intelligence services. This assessment is also supported by partners from the Canadian Communications Security Administration, the U.S. Agency for Cyber Security Infrastructure Security, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency,” it said in a statement on the Cyber Security Center website.
The UK believes APT29 has attacked various organizations involved in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.
According to the National Cyber Security Center, the hacker group used WellMess and WellMail malware for its attacks.
In early July, Ilya Sachkov, founder of Group-IB, an international company specializing in the prevention of cyberattacks, said that many hackers involved in DDoS attacks “showed ethics” and did not attack the information systems of Russian medical institutions during the coronavirus pandemic.