10 things you need to know today: July 17, 2020

The U.S. accuses Russia of trying to hack COVID-19 research, U.S. coronavirus infections break single-day record, and more

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1. Intelligence agencies accuse Russia of trying to steal coronavirus research

Hackers linked to Russian intelligence services are trying to steal coronavirus vaccine research, the National Security Agency and its counterparts in the United Kingdom and Canada said Thursday. The same informal group of Russian hackers, known as Cozy Bear or APT29, was blamed for hacking Democratic Party emails ahead of the 2016 presidential election. "APT29 has a long history of targeting governmental, diplomatic, think-tank, health-care, and energy organizations for intelligence gain so we encourage everyone to take this threat seriously," said Anne Neuberger, the NSA's cybersecurity director. Moscow denied involvement in the alleged hacking attempts. The Western intelligence agencies did not provide details on what organizations were targeted, or indicate that the hackers had accessed any information.

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Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.