Early this week, the British National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) stated that the Russians were linked to a hacker group called APT29, which was accused of being the main actor in a cyberattack aimed at R&D organizations working on the making of COVID-19 vaccines in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada.
"The APT29 attacked several organizations... involved in COVID-19 vaccine development. This has been most likely to steal information and intellectual property related to vaccine development and testing,” the NCSC state.
Shortly after NCSC’s allegations, U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab directly accused the Kremlin of being behind the plot.
“It is completely unacceptable that the Russian intelligence services are targeting those working to fight the pandemic. While others pursue their selfish interests with reckless behavior, the U.K. and its allies are getting on with the hard work of finding a vaccine and protecting global health."
“to have the Russian government engaged in that endeavour I think needs calling out and I think the world should know” @DominicRaab as ���� condemns Russian Intelligence Services over cyber attacks pic.twitter.com/0yXmmgoJgW