The European Medicines Agency (EMA) responsible for approving vaccines COVID-19, said yesterday that he was hacked. In a two-paragraph statement posted on its website, the agency revealed the security incident, but said it could not reveal further details about the attack, as an investigation is currently under way.
The European Medicines Agency is in the process of examining applications for two vaccines COVID-19 - one from Moderna, and one developed in collaboration between BioNTech and Pfizer.
According to ZDNet, a spokesman for the organization, when asked about the hacking attack, declined to comment. In particular, the spokesman was asked if the attack was aimed at the vaccine approval process or if it was a financially motivated attack such as ransomware.
It is worth noting that in recent months, many companies working on research and development of vaccines for COVID-19 have been targeted by hackers, and especially of state-funded groups. These include the following: Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, Genexine, Shin Poong Pharmaceutical, Celltrion, AstraZeneca, Moderna and Gilead, according to Reuters and the Wall Street Journal.
Furthermore, the Microsoft products said in November that it had identified three state-owned hacking groups targeting seven companies working for development COVID-19 vaccines. The main ones are the Russian APT group "Fancy Bear", the hacking gang of North Korea "Lazarus" and "Cerium".
Speaking at Aspen Cyber Summit last week, Marene Allison, director of security at Johnson & Johnson, said companies like her employer cyber attacks, behind which are state hackers, "every minute of the day".
IBM also reported last week that hackers tried to break into companies operating in "Cold chain" COVID-19 vaccine delivery.
Finally, the European Medicines Agency said it would provide more information about the hack when it learns more.