- Tram Ho
As reported by security experts at IBM, a hacker phishing campaign targeted organizations involved in the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, starting September 2020.
In a blog post, IBM X-Force IRIS security experts Claire Zaboeva and Melissa Frydrych announced the discovery of hacker activity in six regions. Including Germany, Italy, Korea, Czech Republic, Eastern Europe and Taiwan.
The hacker attacks target the “cold chain,” a process in the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain for storage and transport. Some vaccines need to be kept at a low temperature to keep working. Pfizer, for example, recommends that their COVID-19 vaccine be stored at -70 degrees Celsius. This is also a huge challenge for companies that ship vaccines around the world. .
According to IBM security experts, hackers attacked an international organization called GAVI, which was set up to help distribute vaccines globally. The target of the attack was to collect information about CCEOP devices, specialized in the storage and transport of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“We evaluate that the purpose of the attack is to collect information, accounts with access to distribution networks and sensitive information related to COVID-19 vaccine,” IBM said. know.
It is not known who is behind these attacks, but IBM experts believe that most likely not an individual or a group of spontaneous hackers.
“Without a clear way to monetize the collected information, hacker criminals wouldn’t spend the resources and time carrying out such attacks. Information on shipping COVID-19 vaccines, which can impact a country’s life and economy, is most likely the target of a particular government, ” IBM said.
The US government has accused China of sponsoring hackers and carrying out attacks aimed at stealing vaccine research, The Verge said. The United States has also charged two Chinese hackers for stealing data from a vaccine and treatment research company COVID-19 back in July.
British and Canadian authorities denounced a hacker attack, which was linked to Russian intelligence, against organizations involved in the development of the COVID-19 vaccine. In November, Microsoft also detected cyber attacks from Russia and North Korea, targeting companies that were testing the COVID-19 vaccine.
Source : Genk