The coronavirus has become a brand name in every household around the world. The fight to contain and stop the spread has been the goal of every nation around the world. But there have been those few rogue nations that have tried to sabotage the effort to rid the world of COVID-19. Their efforts have hurt and slowed the recovery of billions of people. And now it seems that there are attempts by people in Russia to sabotage and ruin the possibility of developing a vaccine for COVID-19.
Hackers from Russia are deliberately targeting organizations that are deeply involved in developing the vaccine that will save millions of lives. This is the modern way that ruthless Russians attack their allied enemies. They send in their hackers to make a mess of things, while at the same time denying any involvement in the actions of these computer criminals. The United States, Great Britain, and Canada are the countries under fire by the Russian hacker.
The Russian group is known as APT29. They are the ones that are guilty of targeting these lifesaving organizations all over the world. APT29 thinks it cute to call themselves “the Dukes” and Cozy Bear.” As if this is some kind of a game to them. People are dying and they are messing around with the information being developed to make a cure for the virus. All three targeted nations are working together to stop the threat coming from the Russian frontier.
Dominic Raab, who is the Foreign Secretary of Great Britain stated that “It is completely unacceptable that the Russian Intelligence Services are targeting those working to combat the coronavirus 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.” There is not a lot of time left for some people. Their lives are on the line. But Russian leaders seem not to care about a cure that could potentially save lives within their borders as well.
The group fighting back stated that “APT29’s campaign of malicious activity is ongoing, predominantly against the government, diplomats, think-tank, health care, and energy targets to steal valuable intellectual property.” The attacks from APT29 are not going to stop unless something is done to force them to stop.
Paul Chichester is the Director of NCSC and he said “We condemn these despicable attacks against those doing vital work to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Working with our allies, the NCSC is committed to protecting our most critical assets and our top priority at this time is to protect the health sector.” They are the frontline defense at stopping the attacks by APT29.
Companies are being urged to beef up their security, so information is not lost or stolen. The Russian attempt to sabotage the cure is going to fail. It seems that Russia and their friendly liars to the south in China simply want to kill off the rest of the world so they can dominate the globe.
APT29 is not just a random group of students hacking their way into organizations. They work for the Russian Intelligence Services. Their job is to steal technology and sabotage any effort to cure people of COVID-19. The constant probing of organizational defenses is ongoing. These companies have to stay on their guard. APT29 uses the traditional spyware and virus approach to gain access to the information.
Vladimir Putin has not indicated whether or not he knows about the group. But one would be hard-pressed to think that he does not know. After all, they work for the Russian Intelligence Services. He would have to know or at least be the one to sanction the attack. United States officials are also pointing the finger at China for the same kind of attacks. FBI Director Chris Wray stated that “At this very moment, China is working to compromise American health care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and academic institutions conducting essential COVID-19 research.” China unleashes the virus and then works with Russia to keep a cure from being developed. They have declared war on the free world.