Microsoft Detects COVID-19 Vaccine Work Hacking Attempts by Russia, North Korea

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first_imgChinese state-backed hackers have also been targeting vaccine-makers, the US government said in July while announcing criminal charges.Microsoft said most of the targets — located in Canada, France, India, South Korea and the United States — were “directly involved in researching vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.” It did not name the targets but said most had vaccine candidates in various stages of clinical trials.The company identified one of the state-backed hacker groups as Fancy Bear, the Russian military agents who Britain’s National Cyber Security Center said in July were behind such intrusion attempts. Two others were North Korea’s Lazarus Group and a group Microsoft calls Cerium.- Advertisement – Microsoft said it has detected attempts by state-backed Russian and North Korean hackers to steal valuable data from leading pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers.It said in a blog post Friday that most of the attacks in recent months were unsuccessful, but provided no information on how many succeeded or how serious those breaches were.- Advertisement – At the same time, coronavirus cases are surging. In the US, deaths per day have soared more than 40 percent over the past two weeks to an average of more than 1,100, the highest level in three months.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – Most of the break-in efforts involved attempts to steal the login credentials of people associated with the targeted organisations. The Lazarus Group posed as job recruiters while Cerium targeted spear-phishing emails that masqueraded as missives from World Health Organization representatives, Microsoft said.The blog post coincided with an appearance by Microsoft president Brad Smith at an international forum calling on nations to protect health care facilities from cyberattacks. This year, the Paris Peace Forum is taking place online.Optimism about a COVID-19 vaccine has grown since pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced earlier this week that preliminary data showed its vaccine to be 90 percent effective.- Advertisement –last_img read more


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first_imgInvestment marketplace Bareksa has booked record-high retail government bonds sales as individual investors flock to safe-haven assets during the coronavirus pandemic.The company recorded an increase of 608 percent in sales from retail government bonds series ORI-017 compared to ORI-016 issued by the government last year, with buyers soaring by 382 percent compared to last year.“This is the highest record of sovereign debt papers sales in Bareksa,” said Bareksa CEO Karaniya Dharmasaputra in a statement. “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve managed to accelerate retail sales through digital technology and democratizing debt papers.” According to the government’s initial estimation, it had raised Rp 18.3 trillion (US$1.26 billion) from ORI-017 needed to fund the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, up by 123 percent from sales of ORI-016 last year.Read also: Retail investors growing as brokerages intensify online access“This is a good opportunity to democratize and broaden our debt market so that the government may have a new source of funding from retail investors,” Karaniya went on to say.The ORI-017 series carry a fixed coupon rate of 6.4 percent and has a tenor of three years, set to mature on July 15, 2023. ORI-017, offered from June 15 to July 9, was available online across 25 of the Finance Ministry’s distribution partners, including banks, brokerage houses and fintech.The minimum order is Rp 1 million, while the maximum Rp 3 billion. The bond will be tradable between domestic investors after a two-month holding period.“High interest from retail investors to ORI-017 showed that retail bonds were the right investment instrument in times like these, in which people are looking for safe-haven assets,” said the Finance Ministry’s director for government debt securities, Deni Ridwan.The government is facing a daunting task to cover a fiscal deficit of 6.34 percent of GDP this year as it allocates Rp 695.2 trillion to prevent a more severe economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the funding to plug the widening deficit will come from debt financing.Topics :last_img read more