Microsoft said seven companies from Canada, France, India, South Korea, and the United States, which develop coronavirus vaccines, have been attacked by Russian hackers. The company’s vice president, Tom Burt, quoted TASS as saying November 13.
According to Microsoft, over the past few months, the company has recorded cyberattacks from Russia and China, namely the hacker group Strontium, which allegedly operates from Russia, and two Chinese – Zinc and Cerium.
According to Berth, they tried to pick up passwords to various accounts of employees of vaccine companies.
Most of them, according to Berth, were blocked by security systems embedded in Microsoft-produced programs.
“We notified all the organizations that were exposed to them, and when they were successful, we offered help,” Bert said.
He said he gave no proof of what he said.
Microsoft has previously made allegations of hackers allegedly operating from Russia. However, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that these allegations do not deserve attention without extensive evidence.
Russia August 11, the first in the world to register a vaccine against coronavirus, called “Sputnik V”. The drug was developed by the National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology named after N. F. Gamaleya of the Russian Ministry of Health and passed clinical trials in June and July. It is based on the already known platform, on which a number of other vaccines were created. As noted in the Ministry of Health, experience with such drugs shows that they are able to give long-term immunity – up to two years. The head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, Kirill Dmitriev, said that Russia had already received applications from 20 countries for the supply of 1 billion doses of vaccine.