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US News Covid-19. North Korea tried to hack Pfizer

14:50  16 february  2021
14:50  16 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

North Korea wants to flood the black market with counterfeit Pfizer vaccines

 North Korea wants to flood the black market with counterfeit Pfizer vaccines © As if on show. | STR / AFP / KCNA VIA KNS As at the show. | STR / AFP / KCNA VIA KNS Fake currencies , crypto theft , atomic espionage , sale of weapons , drugs or drugs : as reminds Business Insider , North Korea has become an expert in counterfeiting and various trafficking, organized by the regime to fuel an economy crippled by international sanctions, even to finance its nuclear program .

Le leader nord-coréen Kim Jong-un. data © AFP North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

North Korean hackers have sought to break into the computer systems of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to find information on the vaccine and treatments for the coronavirus, media reported on Tuesday citing South Korean intelligence.

According to the South Korean Intelligence Service, "the North Korea attempted to obtain technologies including the vaccine and treatments for Covid by means of a cyber attack to hack Pfizer ", announced this Tuesday February 16, the South Korean deputy Ha Tae-keung.

Pyongyang was the first country in the world to close its borders at the end of January 2020 in an attempt to protect itself from the pandemic that appeared in December 2019 in neighboring China and which has since swept through the entire planet, killing more than two million people.

United States: North Korean hackers indicted

 United States: North Korean hackers indicted © Supplied by Le Point North Korea, United States, hacker J on Chang Hyok, 31, Kim Il, 27 and Park Jin Hyok, 36-year-olds were indicted Wednesday by US authorities announced Wednesday. These three North Korean nationals are accused of having carried out a series of hacks to the detriment of companies and financial institutions, in particular targeting the cryptocurrency sector, in an attempt to steal around $ 1.3 billion in all.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un claims that the country has not known any case of contamination by the coronavirus but experts believe that this statement is little likely, given that neighboring China is Pyongyang's main trading and support partner.

An army of thousands of hackers

The border closures have increased the pressure on the North Korean economy, already subject to international sanctions due to the nuclear and ballistic program developed by the communist regime.

According to Western experts, North Korea has an army of several thousand highly trained hackers who have already attacked companies, institutions and research centers, especially in South Korea.

Nuclear: Pyongyang accused of violations of international sanctions

 Nuclear: Pyongyang accused of violations of international sanctions © Reuters North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attends a plenary meeting of the Labor Party central committee in Pyongyang on February 8, 2021. Korea North continued to violate UN resolutions in the nuclear field in 2020, by developing its nuclear and ballistic program, unveils a UN report sent to the committee responsible for overseeing the sanctions imposed on North Korea.

Pyongyang has also stolen more than $ 300 million in cryptocurrency in recent months through computer attacks intended to finance its banned nuclear and ballistic programs, according to a confidential UN report released a few days ago.

Two million doses ordered

While claiming to be free from the virus, North Korea recently applied for vaccines against Covid-19, of which it is expected to receive nearly two million doses, according to the Vaccine Alliance ( Gavi), a member of the UN Covax program which coordinates the distribution of vaccines to poor countries.

This is the first official confirmation that Pyongyang has asked for international aid, when North Korea's medical infrastructure is considered totally inadequate to cope with a large-scale epidemic.

New Zealand: Auckland confined to fight against British variant .
L he two million residents of Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, began a three-day lockdown on Monday, a drastic measure in an attempt to contain a first focus of infection with the British variant of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern ordered 72 hours of confinement after the discovery of three cases in the same family in the large city of the North Island.

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