Microsoft reveals that seven pharmaceutical companies and research companies involved in the development of vaccines against Covid-19 have been attacked.
Without a doubt, Russia has had one of the most controversial roles during this global pandemic by the Coronavirus Covid-19.
For months, reports have circulated that hackers from that country tried to steal information related to the development of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2.
Very shortly after the Russian vaccine Sputnik V It came out of nowhere, bypassing multiple security protocols.
And now, Microsoft enters the scene to accuse Russia and North Korea of hacking pharmaceutical companies related to the development of vaccines against the Covid-19 Coronavirus.
From Russia, with love
Through the official blog of the company, the corporate vice president of security and customer trust Tom Burt, has revealed that there were a series of attacks originating from Russia and North Korea.
Where the hackers targeted seven drug companies and research companies from USA, Canada, France, India and South Korea:
Cyberattacks targeting the healthcare sector are unconscionable and should be condemned by all civilized society. Today, we’re sharing an update on recent nation-state attacks targeting companies fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. https://t.co/4vU1vWO9AA
– Tom Burt (@ TomBurt45) November 13, 2020
We believe that these attacks are inconceivable and should be condemned by all of society. Microsoft calls on world leaders to support international law that protects healthcare facilities and to take steps to enforce that law.
We believe that the rule should be applied not only when attacks originate from government agencies.
But also when they originate from criminal groups that governments allow to operate, or even facilitate, within their borders.
This is what Burt indicates in the publication where he reveals that his company was able to contain most of the attacks. But not all.
The companies and laboratories affected by these attacks have already been notified to take the pertinent measures.
According to Microsoft reports, the three groups detected carrying out these attacks would be the Russians from Strontium, better known as APT28 or Fancy Bear.
Along with the Koreans from Zinc, or Lazarus Group. In addition to a new third named Cerium whose nationality is unknown.