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Friday, January 15, 2021

Microsoft Claims Russian and North Korean Hackers are Targeting Vaccine Makers

Microsoft reported that hackers backed by Russia and North Korea have targeted pharmaceutical companies in the U.S., Canada, France, India, and South Korea involved in the COVID-19 vaccine research and manufacture.

Microsoft that hackers backed by Russia and North Korea have targeted pharmaceutical companies in the U.S., Canada, France, India, and South Korea involved in the COVID-19 vaccine research and manufacture. 

Microsoft said it had notified seven affected companies of the attempted attacks, but declined to name them. 

Microsoft however did not elaborate on whether the hackers were successful at breaching the companies’ IT systems or how many attacks had taken place.

“We think these attacks are unconscionable and should be condemned by all civilized society,” said Tom Burt, Microsoft’s customer security and trust chief.

The attacks were attributed to Russia’s Strontium, APT28, or Fancy Bear and North Korea’s Zinc/Lazarus Group and Cerium, another North Korean group.

Both groups are famous for conducting high profile attacks such as the 2016 election breach and the WannaCry ransomware attack in 2017.

“Microsoft is calling on the world’s leaders to affirm that international law protects health care facilities and to take action to enforce the law,” said Burt.

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