The leader of the Republican minority in the US House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, said that he had introduced a bill in Congress to sanction hackers who try to steal research data on the fight against a new coronavirus.
“I have just introduced a bill to hold hackers responsible for COVID. American researchers are the most brilliant minds in the world, and we are developing a vaccine to defeat (the coronavirus) faster than ever. We cannot allow China, Russia, or anyone else to use our innovations,” McCarthy wrote on Twitter.
Last week, cybersecurity agencies in the US, UK, and Canada issued recommendations on attempts to hack vaccine developments, which they blame on Russian state structures. The suggestions of the US national security Agency state that “a group of Russian intelligence services acted against organizations involved in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine in the US, Canada, and the UK to probably steal information and intellectual property related to the development and testing of COVID-19 vaccines.”
In early May, British and American intelligence agencies reported that they had recorded large-scale cyberattacks on health organizations and research centers. At the same time, all employees of international and national medical organizations were recommended to change their passwords to access computer equipment and switch to two-factor authentication. Hackers, according to the individual services, use the technology of selecting frequently used or insufficiently complex passwords to the accounts of medical staff.
Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Russia does not accept accusations of hacker attacks on the vaccine.