Hackers target Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech: Cyfirma

Chinese and Russian-linked hacking campaigns targeted India-based Covid-19 vaccine makers such as Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech, cyber intelligence and threat discovery platform Cyfirma said.
Covid-19 vaccineCyfirma said that hacking campaigns believed to be originating from North Korean targeted yoga guru Ramdev’s Patanjali group.

The Singapore/Japan-based Cyfirma, backed by Goldman Sachs and Z3 Partners with large operations in Bangaluru recently launched a report titled “Threat Landscape for Pharmaceutical Companies”.

They uncovered cyber attack campaigns originating from Russia, China, North Korea, and the Middle East targeting 12 countries including India to steal Covid vaccine research data, patient info, clinical trials data, supply chain and vaccine production information.

The target companies are the top pharma companies in India, the US, the UK, Japan, Australia, Spain, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Taiwan and Mexico.

Among the motives behind the campaigns are exfiltration of personal, clinical trial information, health care report, customer information, medical product information for geopolitical and financial gain, said the report.