Russia stole the formula for the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab to create its Sputnik-V vaccine – British media inform.
According to the Sun, the data on the jab was stolen by a „foreign agent in person“. Official British sources have neither confirmed nor refuted the information.
Commenting on the case, the UK Security Minister Damian Hinds said that foreign states are constantly trying to get sensitive information, using more sophisticated methods than ever before.
Conservative MP Bob Seely, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, told the Sun that the UK needs to „get serious about Russian and Chinese espionage“.
The Sun also reports that security forces consider Russian hackers responsible for attacking US, UK and Canadian facilities developing a Covid vaccine.
In 2020 the world news outlets wrote about Russian cyber attackers who had been detected in a vaccine theft attempt. The hackers were trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research from academic and pharmaceutical institutions around the world. A common statement from Britain, the United States and Canada attributed the attacks to group APT29, also known as Cozy Bear.
The Guardian reported as well that state-sponsored hackers from China, Russia, Iran and North Korea were attempting to steal coronavirus vaccine secrets in a so-called „intellectual property war“. The hackers were accused of „trying to obtain trial results early and seize sensitive information about mass production of drugs, at a time when a range of vaccines were close to being approved for the public.
Now it becomes more obvious that it is within Russia’s nature to acquire someone else’s property, although it has never been a surprise.