15 active hacking campaigns are currently underway
- COVID-19 vaccine developers on radar of Chinese, Russian hackers
- 15 active hacking campaigns underway
- Hackers looking to steal patient information, COVID-19 vaccine research data, clinical trial data and supply chain information
New Delhi: Chinese and Russian hackers are targeting Indian COVID-19 vaccine developers, manufacturers and administrators.
According to a report by an intel firm, hackers are targeting India’s Serum Institute of India, Bharat Biotech, Patanjali and All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
The report says that 15 active hacking campaigns are currently underway and hackers are looking to steal patient information, COVID-19 vaccine research data, clinical trial data and supply chain information.
12 countries on hackers’ radar
Besides India, twelve countries including Japan, the US, UK, Australia, Spain, Italy and Germany are on hackers’ radar, reported Times Now’s Mohit Sharma.
According to Microsoft, countries like North Korea and Russia are targeting seven major companies involved in the research of COVID-19 vaccines.
The report says that hackers are actively targeting leading pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers in Canada, France, India, South Korea and the United States and named the state-actor from Russia, Strontium, Fancy Bear and North Korean groups dubbed Zinc (Lazarus Group) and Cerium.
Earlier, South Korea’s spy agency in its report said that North Korean hackers had tried to hack the computer systems of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer.
Hackers break into Oxford University lab conducting study on COVID-19
According to a report by ZDNet, an Oxford University lab conducting research into the coronavirus pandemic was compromised by cybercriminals.
Oxford University came to know about the security breach on Thursday after which it confirmed that a security incident took place at the Division of Structural Biology lab.
Last year in December, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) was successfully attacked by hackers. After stealing the sensitive data linked to the COVID-19 vaccine and its research, the cybercriminals leaked it in January this year.
In November, British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca was targeted by North Korean hackers.
According to Reuters, hackers distributed fake job offers loaded with malicious code to AstraZeneca staff. Many of the people who received the fake job offer were working directly on COVID-19 research.
It was also reported that some of the email accounts used to send the fake job offers were registered to Russian email addresses.