Health organizations are being told to check if their information has been compromised. Canada's COVID-19 vaccine research was almost stolen during some Russian cyber threat activity according to the government. The U.S. and the U.K. are also alleging that they were targeted.\nOn July 16, Canada's Communications Security Establishment put out a statement with pretty serious allegations about a Russian cybersecurity threat.\nIt said that the attack was directed at organizations in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. that are continuing to work on COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.\nThat includes organizations doing vaccine research.\nCanada is alleging that the "malicious" Russian activities were likely done to try and steal information about the development and testing of vaccines here and to slow response efforts.\nThe security organization has reason to believe that APT29, also named "the Dukes" or "Cozy Bear", is responsible for the cybersecurity threat.\nThe statement also said that the group is "almost certainly" a part of Russian intelligence services.\nOn Twitter, the Communications Security Establishment also notified Canadians about what happened.\nHealth organizations in Canada are being told to look for signs that their data might have been compromised by this and take any action necessary to protect themselves.\nWe recommend that 🇨🇦 health organizations review the advisory, including the indicators of compromise, take any necessary actions to protect themselves & contact the @cybercentre_ca if they suspect they have been targeted by cyber threat actors. https://t.co/D5L3BpWq1L— CSE 🍁 (@cse_cst) July 16, 2020\nHarjit Sajjan, Canada's Minister of National Defence, took to Twitter to address this.\n"Let's call out bad behaviour," he said.\nHe also noted that it's important to not only defend Canada's healthcare organizations and national interests but also those of our "allies."\nIt’s important to defend 🇨🇦 health care organizations, our national interests, and that of our allies the UK & the USA. Let’s call out bad behaviour, reinforce a shared & common understanding of rules-based norms & deter malicious foreign cyber actors from targeting our country. https://t.co/0rPOrTJSDo— Harjit Sajjan (@HarjitSajjan) July 16, 2020\nA day before the Communications Security Establishment released information about the cyber threat, Justin Trudeau shared an op-ed in which he and other world leaders called for a commitment to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine equitably.\n"Vaccines save lives," he said in a tweet. "We must keep working together to make sure that people everywhere have access to it."\nThere have been lots of efforts in Canada to create a vaccine for this virus.\nA company in Quebec has started human trials for one that's derived from plants.\nResearchers in Saskatchewan are hoping to begin testing one on humans in the fall.\nHealth Canada has also approved clinical trials at the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.