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North Korea attempts to hack AstraZeneca’s corona vaccine data

News Desk || risingbd.com

Published: 22:15, 27 November 2020  
North Korea attempts to hack AstraZeneca’s corona vaccine data

Suspected North Korean hackers have recently tried to hack data of the coronavirus vaccine developed by British drugmaker AstraZeneca. Reuters reported this on Friday (November 27), citing two people who were aware of the matter.

According to sources, the hackers offered fake jobs to AstraZeneca employees through networking sites LinkedIn and WhatsApp. They then send e-mails to employees with job descriptions. The hackers are taking the opportunity to access the computer of the person concerned as soon as they open the code.

The source added that job offers have been sent to a large number of people, including Covid-19 research workers. However, the hackers did not succeed in this attempt.

The North Korean mission to the UN mission in Geneva did not respond in this regard. However, Pyongyang has denied allegations of cyber-attacks at various times before.

AstraZeneca is one of the leading organisations in the world in developing coronavirus vaccines. The company has not commented over the cyber-attack attempt.

Earlier this month, Microsoft said it had learned that two North Korean hacker groups were trying to carry out cyber-attack on vaccine companies in several countries. Microsoft, however, did not name the companies which were targeted.
 

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