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Russia denies Microsoft claims of healthcare cyberattacks

Agence France-Presse, Agence France-Presse
Russia denies Microsoft claims of healthcare cyberattacks

SERGEI RYABKOV. Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov gives a press conference on the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty in Moscow on August 5, 2019.

File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/ AFP

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov tells state news agency RIA Novosti it had become 'politically fashionable' to pin the blame for cyberattacks on Moscow

Moscow on Tuesday, November 17, vehemently rejected claims by Microsoft that Russia was behind cyber attacks on companies researching coronavirus vaccines and treatments, saying it was being made a scapegoat.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told state news agency RIA Novosti it had become “politically fashionable” to pin the blame for cyberattacks on Moscow.

Russia announced in August that it had registered the world’s first coronavirus vaccine, Sputnik V – named after the Soviet-era satellite – but did so ahead of large-scale clinical trials.

In October, President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had also registered its second coronavirus vaccine, EpiVacCorona.

“We do not need anything other than a normal approach towards the projects we already have in Russia and are promoting including in cooperation with foreign partners,” Ryabkov said.

Ryabkov also claimed that Russian companies themselves were frequently becoming targets of foreign cyberattacks.

He said Russia and the United States should allow experts to look into the issue.

“However, Washington has persistently steered clear of such dialogue,” Ryabkov added.

Last week, Microsoft urged a crackdown on cyberattacks perpetrated by states and “malign actors” after a spate of hacks disrupted healthcare organizations fighting the coronavirus.

The US tech giant said the attacks came from Russia and North Korea.

The Kremlin has previously denied US claims that Russian military intelligence was behind cyberattacks targeting Ukraine’s power grid, the 2017 French election and the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, describing them as “Russophobia.” – Rappler.com

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