In the last weeks, A Chinese state-backed group of hackers has targeted the technology systems of two Indian vaccine manufacturers whose injections of coronavirus are being used in the country’s immunization campaign, he told Reuters cyber intelligence firm Cyfirma.
Rivals China and India have sold or given away doses of COVID-19 to many countries. India produces more than 60% of all vaccines sold in the world.
Cyfirma, backed by Goldman sachs, based in Singapore Y Tokyosaid the Chinese hacking group APT10, also know as Stone panda, had identified gaps and vulnerabilities in the technology infrastructure and the software supply chain Bharat Biotech and the Serum Institute of India (IBS). the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer.
“The real motivation here is actually to exfiltrate intellectual property and gain a competitive advantage over Indian pharmaceutical companies.”, Said the executive president of Cyfirma, Kumar ritesh, formerly a senior cyber official at the British foreign intelligence agency MI6.
Said APT10 I was actively targeting IBS, who is manufacturing the vaccine AstraZeneca for many countries and will soon start manufacturing injections Novavax in bulk.
“In the case of Serum Institute, they have found several of their public servers running weak web servers, these are vulnerable web servers“, He said Ritesh, referring to hackers.
“They have talked about a weak web application, they are also talking about a weak content management system. It’s quite alarming“. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
IBS Y Bharat Biotech declined to comment. The India Computer Emergency Response Team, run by the government, with whom Cyfirma said it had shared its findings, did not immediately comment.
The United States Department of Justice said in 2018 that APT10 had acted in association with the Ministry of State Security of China.
Microsoft said here in November that it had detected cyberattacks from Russia Y North Korea aimed at vaccine companies COVID-19 in India, Canada, France, South Korea Y U.S. North Korean hackers also tried to break into the systems of the British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, reported Reuters.
Ritesh, whose signature follows the activities of some 750 cybercriminals Y monitors nearly 2,000 hacking campaigns using a tool called a decryptor, said it was not yet clear to what information related to vaccines APT10 it could have accessed from Indian companies.
The injection COVAXIN of Bharat Biotech, developed with the Indian Medical Research Council, run by the state, will be exported to many countries, including Brazil.
The American Pharmacist Pfizer Inc and his german partner BioNTech SE said in December that documents related to the development of their vaccine COVID-19 they had been “illegally accessed”In a cyber attack on the European drug regulator.
Relations between neighbors with nuclear weapons China and India turned sour last June when 20 Indian and four Chinese soldiers were killed in a fight on the border of the Himalayas. Recent talks have eased the tension.
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