Microsoft said in a new blog post that cyberattacks originating in North Korea and Russia have been targeting companies that conduct research on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. The company said the attacks targeted seven leading pharmaceutical companies and researchers in the United States, Canada, France, India and South Korea.
A blog post by Tom Burt, vice president of Microsoft’s customer safety and trust company, said: “Most of the targets are vaccine manufacturers that use the COVID-19 vaccine at different stages of clinical trials.” Microsoft did not disclose. The name of the company did not provide detailed information about the information that might be stolen or leaked, but it said it had notified the organization and provided assistance where the attack was successful.
According to the blog post, hackers used a variety of methods to attack, including forced login attempts to steal login credentials, and spear phishing attacks, which pretend to be recruiters looking for job candidates and represent the world. WHO.
Burt wrote: “It is shocking that these challenges have been merged together because cyber attacks are used to destroy medical institutions fighting the pandemic.” “We think these attacks are unreasonable and should be affected by all civilized societies. Condemned.”
In the United States and other parts of the world, new coronavirus cases are increasing, but there are some promising signs in vaccine development. Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their vaccine can effectively prevent 90% of symptomatic COVID-19 in clinical trials. The preliminary data has not been tested by independent researchers, but experts called the news “extremely encouraging.” The vaccine candidate from Moderna is expected to release preliminary data soon.