Microsoft said in a new blog post that the cyber attacks that occurred in North Korea and Russia are targeting companies researching COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. The company says the attacks were aimed at seven major pharmaceutical companies and researchers in the US, Canada, France, India and South Korea.
“Among the targets, most are vaccine manufacturers that have COVID-19 vaccines at various stages of clinical trials,” according to a blog post by Tom Burt, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Customer Safety and Confidence. Microsoft did not name the companies, or provide information about information theft or compromise, but said it had informed organizations and offered help where the attacks were successful.
According to Microsoft, most of the attacks were blocked by its security defenses.
Hackers used a variety of methods to carry out the attacks, according to the blog post, including attempts to steal login credentials in brute force logins, as well as spear-phishing attacks where hackers recruited in search of candidates for jobs. , And health organizations as representatives of the world.
“It is disturbing that these challenges are now merged because cyberbats are being used to disrupt health care organizations fighting the epidemic,” Burt wrote. “We think these attacks are ridiculous and should be condemned by all civilized society.”
New coronovirus cases are increasing in the US and other parts of the world, but there are some promising signs in the development of the vaccine. Pfizer and Bayonet announced that their vaccine was 90 percent effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 in clinical trials. That initial data has not yet been investigated by independent researchers, but experts have called the news “extremely encouraging”. And a vaccine candidate is expected from the modern Release preliminary data soon.