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South Korea foils North Korea’s attempt to hack COVID-19 vaccine makers

Last week, Microsoft accused state-backed hackers from Russia and North korea for trying to break into the networks of seven pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers.

By: Reuters | November 27, 2020 1:55:24 pm
South Korea news, COVID-19, coronavirus vaccine, Vaccine hackers, North Korea, Russia, world newsThe attacks included snooping on emails at the U.S. Treasury Department and an arm of the Commerce Department (Representational Image)

South Korea’s intelligence agency foiled North Korean attempts to hack into their companies developing coronavirus vaccines, the News1 agency reported on Friday, citing a member of the parliamentary intelligence committee.

After being briefed by the National Intelligence Service, lawmaker Ha Tae-keung said that the agency did not specify how many and which drugmakers were targeted but clarified that there was no damage from the hacking attempts, News1 said.

Last week, Microsoft accused hackers working for the Russian and North Korean governments tried to break into the networks of seven pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers in South Korea, Canada, France, India and the United States.

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