US, UK And Canada Accuse Russia Of Trying To Steal COVID-19 Vaccine Info

Neal Browning receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for the COVID-19 coronavirus, Monday, March 16, 2020, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. Browning is the second patient to receive the shot in the study. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a subject receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine by Moderna for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Ka... FILE - In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a subject receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine by Moderna for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. According to results released on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, early-stage testing showed the first COVID-19 vaccine tested in the U.S. revved up people’s immune systems the way scientists had hoped. The vaccine is made by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) MORE LESS
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LONDON (AP) — Britain, the United States and Canada say Russia is trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine.

The three nations alleged Thursday that hacking group APT29, also known as Cozy Bear and said to be part of the Russian intelligence service, is attacking academic and pharmaceutical research institutions involved in coronavirus vaccine development.

The persistent and ongoing attacks are seen by intelligence officials as an effort to steal intellectual property, rather than to disrupt research.

Britain’s National Cybersecurity Centre made the announcement, which was coordinated with authorities in the U.S. and Canada.

It was unclear whether any information actually was stolen but the National Cypersecurity Centre says individuals’ confidential information is not believed to have been compromised.

Cozy Bear has been identified by Washington as one of two Russian government-linked hacking groups that broke into the Democratic National Committee computer network and stole emails ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The other group is usually called Fancy Bear.

It’s also unclear whether Russian President Vladimir Putin knew about the vaccine research hacking, but British officials believe such intelligence would be highly prized.

U.S. authorities have for month leveled similar accusations against China. FBI Director Chris Wray said last week, “At this very moment, China is working to compromise American health care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and academic institutions conducting essential COVID-19 research.”

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  1. Cozy Bear is baaaaack…
    AND
    Russia is at it again - election interference in UK

    UK Statement: “On the basis of extensive analysis, the Government has concluded that it is almost certain that Russian actors sought to interfere in the 2019 General Election through the online amplification of illicitly acquired and leaked Government documents”

    https://twitter.com/gordoncorera/status/1283733622726500352

    I’m waiting for Trump to tweet his defense about his master’s new crimes!

    Addendum:

    Addendum2:

    The world does NOT need this - Bubonic Plague!

    Authorities in Mongolia have imposed a quarantine after a 15-year-old boy died of bubonic plague.

    He and 2 other teens had eaten an infected marmot, a large ground squirrel.

    https://twitter.com/QuickTake/status/1283659788975472641

  2. So another Russian bounty to ignore, Donnie?

  3. Help me out here. Shouldn’t vaccine development be an open book?

  4. Nothing to see here, Trump already asked Putin and he said no he didn’t do it.

  5. Only to KushnerVaccines, Inc., which a conspiracy theorist could say would benefit greatly from Russian hacking of vaccine developments by others.

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