Attempts by Russian-backed hackers to steal COVID-19 vaccine research from Britain are "completely unacceptable" but have not done any damage, secu
Attempts by Russian-backed hackers to steal COVID-19 vaccine research from Britain are “completely unacceptable” but have not done any damage, security minister James Brokenshire said on Friday. Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said on Thursday that hackers backed by the Russian state had tried to steal COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research from academic and pharmaceutical institutions around the world. Russia has rejected London’s allegations.
“It’s completely unacceptable for the Russian intelligence agencies to seek to get into the systems of those who are seeking to respond to this crisis … to develop a vaccine,” Brokenshire told Sky News.
“There’s no evidence or information of any damage or, or any sort of harm.”
Russia has denied all accusations against them by the NCSC.
Asked whether there will be “retaliation” from the UK Government against Russia, the Tory Minister said: “We will continue to keep our actions under review as the Foreign Secretary said yesterday.
“The National Cyber Security Centre has a 95 percent plus confidence rating in relation to this.
“We are confident that Russian actors, Russian intelligence organisations were behind this.
“Therefore we keep our response under review raising our sense of vigilance and calling out actions when we see them as we have done in this case.”
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