Intelligence agencies in the UK and the US have jointly warned that ‘rival states’ are conducting ‘malicious cyber campaigns’ against universities, pharmaceuticals and research institutes carrying out research on the coronavirus.

A joint advisory published Tuesday by the UK’s GCHQ run National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), stressed that
healthcare workers and medical research officials should up their security amid hacking attempts.

The briefing did not specifically name any countries involved in the cyber-attacks, However, China, Russia and Iran are thought to be behind the attempts to steal information.

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