U.S. News & World Report is reporting that Canada, U.S., and the U.K. believe that their old Cold War foe, Russia, is plotting to steal the western powers’ vaccine ideas in order to develop a coronavirus vaccine first. Russia has already been accused of multiple actions against the west, including, the poisoning of Russian nationals on U.K. soil and the hacking of the DNC’s emails in 2016. Russia has been accused of election meddling by many nations, including the U.S.
The report reads, “Britain, the United States and Canada say Russia is trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine,” it began. “The three nations alleged Thursday that hacking group APT29, also known as Cozy Bear and said to be part of the Russian intelligence service, is attacking academic and pharmaceutical research institutions involved in coronavirus vaccine development,” it continued.
It added, “The persistent and ongoing attacks are seen by intelligence officials as an effort to steal intellectual property, rather than to disrupt research. Britain’s National Cybersecurity Centre made the announcement, which was coordinated with authorities in the U.S. and Canada.” The report points out that whether or not the information was actually stolen is unknown. It said, “It was unclear whether any information actually was stolen but the National Cypersecurity Centre says individuals’ confidential information is not believed to have been compromised.”
The report concludes, “Cozy Bear has been identified by Washington as one of two Russian government-linked hacking groups that broke into the Democratic National Committee computer network and stole emails ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The other group is usually called Fancy Bear.”
It is important to note that China has been accused of also trying to steal research into the coronavirus.
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Travis Earle is a veteran of the United States Navy and a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. He serves as a politics writer for Hill Reporter. Travis@HillReporter.com