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Finding a vaccine for the novel coronavirus is priority number one in the healthcare community. While an increasing number of countries appear to have joined China in getting the virus under control, there are legitimate fears that a second-wave could take many nations back to square one. Put simply, the surest way of preventing a Covid-19 resurgence is to develop and test an effective vaccine.
Developing a vaccine is a complex and challenging undertaking at the best of times. But to make matters even more complicated, experts on the frontline of these efforts have been subject to rampant cyber attacks in recent weeks.
Russian hackers disguised themselves as Iranian hackers to launch a cyber attack targeting government and industry organisations in 35 countries, British and US officials announced in a joint statement.
As part of the campaign, the Russian hacking group known as “Turla” used Iranian tools and infrastructure and employed the same techniques used by hacking groups associated with the Islamic Republic.
The group extracted sensitive documents and assets from a range of sectors and organisations, including a ‘large cluster’ based in the Middle East, officials said.