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Russian hackers target COVID-19 vaccine research (Includes interview)

Russia to hold phase 3 of COVID-19 vaccine trial abroad

Russia's ambassador to the United Kingdom has rejected allegations that his country's intelligence services sought to steal information about a coronavirus vaccine.

The Gamalei Institute finished the first phrase of human trials last week just as the UK's National Cyber Security Centre revealed that it had evidence that a Russian hacking group had attempted to steal vaccine research from the University of Oxford and Imperial College London.

The accusations against Russian Federation came in a joint warning between Britain, the United States and Canada yesterday regarding the activities of a group of hackers known as APT29.

They would try to collect "valuable data" on vaccine studies.

But British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, "It is completely unacceptable that the Russian Intelligence Services are targeting those working to combat the coronavirus pandemic".

The group was one of the two Russian intelligence actors that hacked Democratic National Committee servers during the 2016 US presidential campaign.

As part of the agreement, R-Pharm will export Oxford's shot to markets in the Commonwealth of Independent States-a nine-country economic group including Russian Federation and post-Soviet republics-the Middle East, and the Balkans, an AstraZeneca spokesman said.

Additionally questioning Raab's comments was a statement by UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric who told reporters on Thursday that the United Nations has "no comment or information" about the alleged hack attack by a Russia-linked cyber group targeting information concerning the development of a potential COVID-19 vaccine in the West.

According to a Bloomberg report, Kirill Dmitriev, the chief executive of the government-backed Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) confirmed the new developments while denying Russia's involvement in the "ludicrous" allegations.

Russian Federation stands fourth in the world in terms of whole tested coronavirus cases with 7,27,162 COVID-19 cases which include 5,01,061 recoveries and 11,335 deaths, as of July 13, 2020.

Russian Federation is also alleged to have attempted to influence the UK's General Electionand interfering in the Brexit referendum.

The papers, which emerged online, detailed UK-US trade discussions and were used by Labour in its election campaign.

"We have no information on who could have hacked the pharma companies and research centers in the UK". Researchers concluded that it is safe for use and induces an immune response, though the strength of that response is as yet unclear.

British officials say that the ongoing and highly targeted hacking operation by Cozy Bear has focused on facilities known to be working on coronavirus vaccines and treatments to overcome COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.