Oxford University has confirmed that one of its labs involved in Covid-19 research has undergone a cyber attack. The Forbes investigation revealed that hackers have broken into several lab systems. The university said on Thursday that it had no effect’ on any clinical research. The hacking is believed to have taken place in the middle of this month, but it is not clear who is behind the attack.
However, the lab that hackers burglarized is the Structural Biology Department known as ‘Strabi’. This lab is not directly involved in the development of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine. Scientists in the laboratory have been involved in studying the functioning mechanisms of Kovid-19 cells and how to prevent them from damaging them.
The Forbes report stated that the systems used in the cyberattack involved machines used to prepare biochemical samples. A spokesman for Oxford University was quoted as saying, “We have identified the problem and are now investigating further.” The university is working with authorities in the UK to investigate the cyber attack.
National Cyber Security Center will investigate this attack
The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), a branch of the British Intelligence Agency (GCHQ), will now investigate the attack. According to a spokesperson, the university has conveyed the incident to the UK Information Commissioner’s office. This cyber-attack has come at a time when cyber-attack has increased in the healthcare sector.
The US, British and Canadian Security Services alleged last year that they were targeting organizations involved in the development of the Covid-19 vaccine, a hacking group possibly working as part of Russian intelligence services. Russia’s ambassador to Britain then dismissed claims that his country’s intelligence service had attempted to steal information about the Covid-19 vaccine.