Microsoft Says Russian and North Korean Hackers Target COVID-19 Vaccine Makers

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In a new blog post, U.S. tech giant Microsoft says it has detected cyber-attacks from three foreign entities, including two from North Korea. Microsoft says the attacks were aimed at leading pharmaceutical companies and researchers in the US, Canada, France, South Korea, and India.

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The company blamed the malicious attacks on three groups – Strontium, a unit of Russia’s military intelligence agency that’s also known as Fancy Bear and APT28; Zinc, a North Korean hacker team, better known as the Lazarus Group; and another North Korean group Cerium.

According to the blog post, the hackers used countless methods to carry out the attacks, including login attempts to steal login credentials and spear-phishing attacks.