North Korean hackers are believed to have carried out a cyberattack on UK coronavirus vaccine developer AstraZeneca, according to a new report from Reuters.
North Korean hackers have masqueraded as recruiters on social media sites LinkedIn and WhatsApp in order to approach AstraZeneca staff, including those working on coronavirus research, according to Reuters.
The alleged hackers then offered bogus job offers to company staff, then sent documents – some using Russian email addresses – claiming to be job descriptions that were in fact laced with designed malicious code. to give hackers access to the victim’s computers, Reuters reported.
Drugmaker, AstraZeneca did not respond to report
But the University of Oxford, working with the drugmaker to develop a vaccine against covid-19, said the university was working closely with the UK’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC). United to ensure the protection of vaccine material and data.
“The University of Oxford is working closely with the National Cyber Security Center to ensure that our COVID-19 research provides the best possible cybersecurity and protection,” a university spokesperson told CNN .
Speaking to CNN, a staff member at the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s mission to the United Nations in Geneva said the Reuters report was “fake news”, alleging that the information was “fabricated” .
The Reuters report comes after a South Korean lawmaker said the country had halted North Korean attempts to hack its own pharmaceutical companies working on coronavirus vaccines. They hackers were not successful.