Russian and North Korean hackers are targeting COVID-19 vaccine researchers – CNET

Hackers from Russia and North Korea are looking to phish their way out of the coronavirus pandemic, Microsoft said Friday. The tech giant released details on cyberattack campaigns it’s spotted against pharmaceutical companies and COVID-19 vaccine researchers around the world in a plea for governments to step in. 

The coronavirus pandemic is expected to get much worse during the winter, as the number of deaths and infection cases continue to rise. While measures like wearing masks and social distancing can help reduce the amount of cases, researchers are racing to create a vaccine that would give a more permanent solution to the pandemic. 

On Nov. 9, Pfizer announced its vaccine had a 90% effective rate during its trial period. Cyberattacks have spiked during the pandemic, and health care workers are a growing target

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