North Korea ‘tried to hack’ UK drugmaker which is producing coronavirus vaccine

The hackers, thought to be from North Korea, posed as recruiters on networking site LinkedIn
 and WhatsApp to approach AstraZeneca staff with fake job offers.
Suspected North Korean hackers have tried to break into the systems of British drugmaker AstraZeneca as it races to develop a Covid-19 vaccine.
The hackers posed as recruiters on networking site LinkedIn
 and WhatsApp to approach AstraZeneca staff with fake job offers in recent weeks,
 two sources said.

They then sent documents purporting to be job
descriptions that were laced with malicious code designed to
gain access to a victim’s computer.

The hacking attempts targeted a “broad set of people”
including staff working on Covid-19 research, said one of the
sources, but are not thought to have been successful.

The North Korean mission to the United Nations in Geneva did
not respond to a request for comment.

Pyongyang has previously
 denied carrying out cyberattacks. It has no direct line of
contact for foreign media.

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