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South Korea spy agency: North Korea hackers targeted vaccine tech

Seoul, February 16: North Korean hackers attempted to steal information about coronavirus vaccines and treatments, South Korea's intelligence service said on Tuesday, but it denied a lawmaker's claim that vaccine maker Pfizer Inc was targeted. Earlier Tuesday, Ha Tae-keung, a member of parliament's intelligence committee, told reporters that the National Intelligence Service told him and other lawmakers during a closed-door briefing that North Korea hacked Pfizer to obtain COVID-19 vaccine technology.After Ha's comments made headlines, the NIS said it didn't mention any pharmaceutical company by name when it told lawmakers...

South Korea warns of Lunar New Year virus risks

Seoul, January 31: South Korea says it will maintain elevated social distancing measures for at least two more weeks as health officials raise concerns about a possible surge in coronavirus infections surrounding February's Lunar New Year holidays. Vice Health Minister Kang Do-tae on Sunday pleaded with people to stay home during the holidays as he announced the government decision to extend a clampdown on private social gatherings of five or more people through the end of the holiday on February 14.The government will also maintain restrictions on indoor dining in...