International media reported that a group of Russian spies had tried to steal the coronavirus vaccine research from England. The accusation was raised by USA, UK and Canada.
UK’s National Cyber Security Centre said a hacking group called APT29 had targeted British labs conducting vaccine research to “steal valuable intellectual property”.
The agency said it was “almost certain (95%+) that APT29 are part of the Russian Intelligence Services” and its targeting of researchers was “highly likely (80-90%)” to “collect information on COVID-19 vaccine research”.
But Russia had denied the allegation. “Russia has nothing to do with these attempts”, said Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov.