Intelligence agencies from the US, UK, and Canada are in agreement with an NCSC report that Russia launched cyberattacks in an attempt to steal information from coronavirus vaccine researchers; plus, more of today’s top stories in conservative politics.
The United States, United Kingdom, and Canada alleged that a hacking group known as APT29, or “Cozy Bear,” which is largely believed to operate as part of Russia’s security services, attempted to steal information about a coronavirus vaccine from researchers and organizations in their respective countries, The Hill reported.
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) of the United Kingdom issued a report, that was reviewed and concurred with by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of the United States, and the as well as Canadian intelligence. All three countries made a joint assessment pointing to Russian involvement, ABC reported.
“Russian cyber actors are targeting organizations involved in coronavirus vaccine development, UK security officials have revealed,” the NCSC wrote on Thursday in an online post.
“Throughout 2020, APT29 has targeted various organizations involved in COVID-19 vaccine development in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, highly likely with the intention of stealing information and intellectual property relating to the development and testing of COVID-19 vaccines,” according to the NCSC report.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement: “It is completely unacceptable that the Russian Intelligence Services are targeting those working to combat the coronavirus pandemic.”
The National Rifle Association (NRA) officially endorsed President Donald Trump for 2020 on Thursday, Fox reported.
The NRA said in a letter to Trump: “On behalf of America’s 5 million NRA members, the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to endorse your reelection as president of the United States of America.”
“You have done more than any president to protect the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” the letter added. “The NRA stands behind you and your administration.
The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) announced on Wednesday that it was endorsing Donald Trump for president in 2020, after previously endorsing Obama/Biden in 2008 and 2012 and did not endorse any candidate in 2016, Daily Wire reported.
The organization made the announcement in a letter written by NAPO President Michael McHale in which he thanked President Donald Trump for his “steadfast” support for law enforcement.
“We particularly value your directing the Attorney General to aggressively prosecute those who attack our officers,” McHale added.
In the letter, McHale stated: “Founded in 1978, NAPO now represents more than 1,000 police units and associations, and 241,000 sworn law enforcement officers.”