She said a company Microsoft on Friday: The Three Hacker groups linked to the Russian and North Korean governments have targeted more than six organizations involved in treating the Coronavirus and vaccine research around the world in recent months, and some of their attacks have succeeded.
The software company explained that a Russian hacker group usually called Fancy Bear or Strontium – with North Korean actors called Lazarus and Cerium – has been involved in recent attempts to break into the networks of seven pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers in Canada, France, India, South Korea and the United States.
Microsoft’s alert deepens the range of warnings from government agencies and cybersecurity companies, as hackers of some US adversaries operate in cyberspace. Hard to break through to others’ vaccine research.
Microsoft said: The majority of the targets were from organizations that were testing Corona virus vaccines, and added that most of the break-in attempts had failed, but an unspecified number succeeded.
Microsoft provided few more details, notified all affected and offered assistance to the victims, but declined to name the target organizations, or provide an accurate timeline or description of the attempted break-in.
The Russian Embassy in Washington – which has repeatedly opposed Russia’s allegations of digital espionage – said in an email: There is nothing we can add, while Pyongyang has previously denied carrying out piracy operations abroad.
The cyber espionage allegations come at a time when world powers are racing behind the scenes in a race to produce a vaccine for the virus.
The announcement highlights how Microsoft is pushing for a new set of global rules that prohibit digital interventions targeting healthcare providers.
Tom Burt, Microsoft’s vice president of customer security and trust, said in a blog post, “The timing of the announcement was synchronized with …” Microsoft President (Brad Smith) Brad Smith appears at the hypothetical Paris Peace Forum.
The Microsoft chief called on world leaders to assert that international law protects health care facilities and to take action to implement the law.
He said: We believe that the law should be applied in relation to attacks from government agencies and criminal groups that governments allow to operate from within their borders.