Russian ambassador denies allegations of cyber-attacks

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"It's all going to be given to Russian Federation".

It follows accusations that Russia's intelligence services tried to steal details of research into coronavirus vaccines.

"On any given day, CSE's dynamic defence capabilities block up to two billion reconnaissance scans on these systems", CSE spokesperson Evan Koronewski said in the statement.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan praised the agencies for calling out the "bad behavior", and deterring other malicious foreign actors from targeting Canadian intelligence.

The security organization has reason to believe that APT29, also named "the Dukes" or "Cozy Bear", is responsible for the cybersecurity threat.

Private sector cybersecurity researchers who had spotted the WELLMESS malware over the past year were unaware of its Russian origins until Thursday.

"We are prepared to turn the page and we are prepared to do business with Britain".

The group who are also known as "CozyDuke" malware utilises a backdoor and a dropper, and the malware exfiltrates data to a command and control server. Officials briefed reporters off the record that China, Russia and Iran were involved.

The Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canada's foreign signals intelligence agency, and its United Kingdom and USA counterparts identified the hacker group as APT29, which was also accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee before the 2016 US election.

In a statement, the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab condemned the Russian cyber attacks.

The development brings concerns about vaccine nationalism to a whole new level at a time when countries are scrambling to secure supplies of future shots in advance.

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After the trade documents emerged online, they were used during the December 2019 election by the opposition Labour Party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party of preparing to "sell off" precious access to the National Health Service to US companies. But it said that the targeters were in US, UK and Canada. "When these gained no traction, further attempts were made to promote the illicitly acquired material online in the run-up to the general election".

The Department of Health and Human Services - which oversees the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - has also been struck by a surge of daily strikes, an official with direct knowledge of the attacks previously told CNN, adding that Russian Federation and China were the primary culprits.

Contradictions in the words of the UK's top diplomat were pointed out by the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova.

"The statement is so foggy and contradictory that it's practically impossible to understand", she told reporters in Moscow.

The leaked documents that surfaced online ahead of the December vote showed several rounds of trade talks between British and American representatives, during which the USA side supposedly pushed for access to the National Health Service for high-priced American pharmaceutical companies, and to lower health and safety standards in the British food industry.

Following the report, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian Federation had "nothing to do" with any alleged cyberattacks on pharmaceutical companies and research institutes in the countries. "We strongly reject these groundless accusations against us".

Britain is expected to publish a long-delayed report into Russian influence in British politics next week.

Mr Corbyn accused Mr Raab of seeking to deflect attention onto Labour ahead of the reports release.

Prior to Thursday's announcement, USA officials had already been warning about China, which has has a long track record of stealing Western intellectual property.

According to him, the National Cyber Security Centre is 95 per cent certain that the cyber attacks against labs were carried out by the Russian state. It is attacking the academic and pharmaceutical research institutions which are involved in Covid-19 vaccine. However, they will be working out with their allies to "call out those who seek to do us harm in cyberspace and hold them accountable".

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