COVID-19 Vaccine Data Manipulated Before Leak to Impair Public Trust

Health IT Security

Jessica Davis

The hackers who stole COVID-19 vaccine data belonging to Pfizer and BioNTech from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), a regulatory agency, and leaked the information online in December, first manipulated the exfiltrated data beforehand to undermine public trust in the vaccine.

EMA confirmed the threat actors behind the attack had posted the stolen data online last week. Several days later, the investigation revealed the data had been altered prior to the leak.

The reports around the hacking incident came to light in early December, which found hackers accessed and exfiltrated data related to the first authorized COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech. EMA is tasked with vaccine assessments and approvals for the EU.

The highly targeted attack...

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