UK, US and Canada Accuse Russia of Vaccine Research Hacking

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Again, Russia denied involvement.

Dominic Raab has criticised Russian Federation for "pariah-like behaviour" after it allegedly stole research into coronavirus vaccines. "We can only say one thing - Russia has nothing to do with those attempts", Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters in the Russian capital.

"The key thing here is the deterrent of us, internationally with our partners, calling Russian Federation out so that the world knows that they are engaged in this frankly pariah-like behaviour, when the rest of the world is trying to come together in the spirit of collaboration to tackle this very bad virus", Raab told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

On Tuesday Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee will release its report on Russian interference in British politics.

A joint probe between the USA and Canada has exposed targeted attacks against top British experts on coronavirus since March.

"APT29 is likely to continue to target organisations involved in COVID-19 vaccine research and development, as they seek to answer additional intelligence questions relating to the pandemic", the NCSC statement said.

Oxford University and Imperial University London scientists are at the forefront of British research projects to create a vaccine to prevent thousands more from dying of coronavirus.

"This is states, in this case Russian Federation taking advantage of the power of social media in this case being able to either take legitimate documents.or spread all kinds of information and using social media to promulgate it" the intelligence expert said. Alium Pharmaceutical Holding, based in Moscow and owned by billionaire Vladimir Evtushenkov's Sistema PJFSC, has also agreed to manufacture doses of Russia's leading vaccine candidate, Dmitriev said.

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The Communications Security Establishment (CSE), responsible for Canada's foreign signals intelligence, said APT29 - also known as Cozy Bear and the Dukes - is behind the malicious activity.

Earlier, the government said there were strong suspicions of a Russian link to the leak of classified documents about a possible post-Brexit trade deal with the United States.

Alexander Gintsburg, the institute head, has extended a friendly hand to the western countries and said that Russian Federation will be happy to share the technology with foreign colleagues, if they require.

United States officials as recently as Thursday have accused China of virtually identical conduct. It is attacking the academic and pharmaceutical research institutions which are involved in Covid-19 vaccine.

Russia's rapid approach to vaccine development differs from Western Europe and the US, where researchers typically run phase 3 trials for months to show safety and effectiveness.

However, Raab reiterated that the trio's conclusions were based on assessments by Britain's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and its counterparts in the U.S. and Canada. Coronavirus has launched a global race for a vaccine, in which researchers in the United Kingdom have made progress recently.

With London confirming that it has no proof against Russian Federation, but still threatening retaliatory measures, "there's a feeling that we have a new loop of the "highly likely" tactics." .

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