Last week, Microsoft denounced cyber attacks by Russian and North Korean “state or parastatal groups” against pharmaceutical groups developing vaccines against the coronavirus. An assertion rejected this Tuesday by the Kremlin.
These accusations “have already become a norm of life, a kind of political mode obeyed among others by information technology companies in the United States,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Riabkov told the public press agency RIA Novosti.
A group already known by Microsoft
Microsoft’s vice president in charge of security, Tom Burt, said Friday in a blog post published by Microsoft that the US group had detected in recent months “cyber attacks from three state or parastatal groups targeting seven leading companies directly involved in research into vaccines and treatment against Covid-19 ”.
According to him, these attacks came from “Strontium, a group originating in Russia, and two North Korean actors”. According to Sergei Riabkov, Russia is targeted by many more computer attacks than “those of which we are being tried”. Strontium, the Russian group, has previously been accused by Microsoft of attacking more than 200 organizations involved in the 2020 US presidential election.