Oxford University Lab System’s Hacked — Studying COVID-19

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Oxford University Lab System’s Hacked — Studying COVID-19

Research at Oxford University lab studying COVID-19 — attacked by threat actors.

COVID-19 Research

Researcher from Oxford University evidenced — a laboratory researching COVID-19 was hacked.

Coronavirus disease, an infectious disease identified as SARS-CoV-2. COVID-19 affects different people in different ways.

However, Cyber-attacks targeting the health care sector and taking advantage of the pandemic are not headlines only in recent times.

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Here, the Oxford team has been researching the COVID-19 virus itself and examining vaccine candidates. 

Where recently threat actors have breached Oxford university lab — Strubi, systems used by students for studying purpose.

In addition, Students use Strubi labs for molecular and biological science during COVID-19 pandemic.

However, on  February 13 and 14, 2021 Oxford University confirmed — hackers were showing off access to a number of systems.

“We are aware of an incident affecting Oxford University and are working to fully understand its impact,” an Oxford University spokesperson told Forbes. 

Mitigation Steps Taken

Firstly, the University contacted National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) to investigate the attack as it couldn’t comment further on the scale of the breach. 

However, in a statement, the university said “there has been no impact on any clinical research, as this is not conducted in the affected area.”

Oxford University has confirmed — system relating to patient data or records was not compromised.

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On the other hand, Russian and North Korean hackers had been blamed for targeting Covid-19 researchers.

Where scammers and other threat actors have launched their own programs: not for public health.

But to steal personal information, conduct identity theft, scam victims, and all with the potential for criminal financial gain.

By | 2021-02-27T21:47:38+05:30 February 27th, 2021|Targeted Attacks|

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