North Korea 'begins human testing its own Covid vaccine developed with info stolen by virus hacker task force'
NORTH Korea has started testing its own Covid vaccine developed with top secret data stolen by a team of state hackers, claims a new report.
Early clinical trials are said to have already been completed in the isolated kingdom and further tests are now "underway" on suspected coronavirus patients.
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Daily NK claims the Biological Industry Research Center of Kim Il-sung University is carrying out the vaccine development.
It also alleges sources say Kim Jong-un's cronies have created a new “hacking organisation” dedicated to stealing data on virus and vaccine research.
The claims come after the Sun Online reported how Microsoft said two hacking groups from the rogue state had launched cyber attacks in a bid to steal Covid secrets.
It said it had detected attempts by the rogue hackers to steal valuable data from leading pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers.
According to the Daily NK source, the new snooping group is called 'Bureau 325' and operates under the Reconnaissance General Bureau while receiving direct orders from the Central Committee.
The source added the group reports its findings to Kim Yo-jong, the powerful sister of the North Korean leader.
Mun Chong Hyun, the head of the ESTsecurity Security Response Center (ESRC), said there have been multiple attacks on overseas pharmaceutical companies dating back to October.
“Because of the nature of cyber attacks, it’s hard to exactly confirm what kind of data North Korea stole, but it’s possible that some data was taken,” he told Daily NK.
However, it is claimed because of a lack of their own research the North Korean vaccine team has no idea how effective its work will be.
“They secured enough know-how through hacking, but they don’t have the capacity to produce [vaccines]," the unnamed source revealed.
"But because the Supreme Leader directly ordered a vaccine to be independently developed, they have to show something in the way of results.”
North Korea – which has boasted it has zero cases -has taken extreme measures to fend off the virus, including laying landmines along its border with China.
Insiders revealed the dictatorship has buried explosives and could even sentence officials to death for failing to control the disease.
In December, we told how Kim's military reportedly executed a man by firing squad for breaking Covid restrictions in a chilling warning to others.
He was reportedly gunned down in front of a crowd of terrified citizens in a bid to scare them into following Kim's strict pandemic rules.
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