Now more than ever, malicious actors are targeting the healthcare space as important research of COVID-19 therapeutics are developed and other medical institutions from the world such as Pfizer, Moderna, and other biotech firms are preparing antidote against the deadly virus. While several pieces of research are underway, it is being discovered that nation-states are now targeting these companies with retribution, as the quest to beat the pandemic continues.
According to the intelligence, cyber espionage has a keen eye on the COVID-19 vaccine supply network, the malware with the name ‘Zebrocy’ is being used by threat actors in vaccine-related cyberattacks. Earlier this month, reports have shown that documentation of Pfizer and BioNtech vaccine were accessed by threat actors that were submitted to the EU regulators.
Recent cyber-attacks on firms are not new but threat actors have recently zeroed in on the Covid-19 vaccine chain, capitalizing on the fear of contagion amid the masses.
COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories has been attacked in October, hence plants have to shut down across India, U.K, Brazil, and the USA. According to the official reports Indian-based firm has contracted to manufacture the Russian “Sputnik V’’ vaccine.
In July 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had informed and warned the Governments and firms against Russia-linked group APT29 which was targeting the U.S, Canadian, and British Covid-19 vaccine research companies26.
Notably, when the pandemic began, the World Health Organization (WHO) was also targeted by the DarkHotel APT group, which looked for sensitive information.
Likewise, the U.S. Justice Department has also accused Chinese-sponsored threat actors of targeting COVID-19 researcher Moderna.
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