“Cozy Bear” Seeks COVID-19 Secrets

Russian hackers are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research from academic and pharmaceutical institutions around the world, Western intelligence agencies charged yesterday, Forbes reports.

The hackers, dubbed “Cozy Bear,” have tried to infect unnamed organizations in Canada, the US, and the UK with malware to snoop and steal files.

US and UK agencies believe the hackers are sponsored by the Kremlin—allegations Moscow “indignantly denies,” CNN reports.

American intelligence officials told The New York Times the Russians are seeking to speed their own vaccine, not sabotage other efforts, with “little immediate damage to global public health.”

According to separate Forbes piece, Russia says leads the vaccine race and will have one ready by the end of summer.

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