Microsoft flags major cyberattacks on Covid-19 vaccine makers

Microsoft has discovered three advanced persistent threat actors (APTs), state-backed hacking groups in other words, that are targeting researchers looking to develop a Covid-19 vaccine.

“In recent months, we’ve detected cyber attacks from three nation-state actors targeting seven prominent companies directly involved in researching vaccines and treatments for Covid-19,” Tom Burt, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President and head of the company’s Customer Security & Trust team, said. “The targets include leading pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers in Canada, France, India, South Korea and the United States. The attacks came from Strontium, an actor originating from Russia, and two actors originating from North Korea that we call Zinc and Cerium.”

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