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Security warning: State-backed hackers are trying to steal coronavirus research

State-backed hacking groups are targeting healthcare and other organisations involved in national and international responses to coronavirus pandemic, the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have warned.

Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups — sophisticated hacking groups generally linked to a nation-state –are looking to get hold of information about national COVID-19 responses, healthcare research or other sensitive data related to coronavirus and are targeting organisations in sectors including healthcare, pharmaceuticals, academia, medical research and local government, says the joint advisory.

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