The BBC have released an article detailing how Russian Spies are targeting the organisations developing vaccines in the UK, US and Canada.
The NCSC have said that the hackers “almost certainly” operated as “part of Russian intelligence services”.
It did not specify who the targeted organisations are or whether or not they have had information stolen.
However, Russia have denied responsibility for these cyber-attacks and Smitry Peskov (spokesman for President Putin) released the following statement:
“We do not have information about who may have hacked into pharmaceutical companies and research centres in Great Britain. We can say one thing – Russia has nothing at all to do with these attempts,” – Source: The Tass News Agency.
The agencies investigating into these attacks discovered that the hackers had exploited software flaws to get access to vulnerable computer systems, and had used malware called WellMess and WellMail to upload and download files from infected machines.
They also duped users into handing over their login credentials by sending spear phishing emails.
For more information, you can read the original article here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-53429506