As anxieties about Russian interference in western elections intensifies following yesterday’s stunning twitter hack…

…the UK has just cranked the atmosphere of paranoia and distrust up to ’11’ by publishing a new policy paper accusing Russia of trying to covertly steal British research on a COVID-19 vaccine, something Russia desperately needs to quell the outbreak that has transformed it into one of the most hard-hit countries in the world. In the report, the NCSC concluded that APT29, also known as “the Dukes” or “Cozy Bear” is almost certainly part of the Russian intelligence services.

The UK’s assessment is supported by the Canadian Communication Security Establishment, the US Department for Homeland Security Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency and the National Security Agency. The group’s “malicious activity” continues, with them predominantly targeting  government, diplomatic, think-tank, healthcare and energy targets to steal valuable intellectual property.

NCSC Director of Operations, Paul Chichester, said the following per a statement.

“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.

“We would urge organisations to familiarise themselves with the advice we have published to help defend their networks.”
The NCSC has previously warned that APT groups have been targeting organisations involved in both national and international COVID-19 responses.

Has Russia finally supplanted China as the most feared IP cyber-thief?

Read the full report below:

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