Ransomware Attack on a Major Health Tech Firm Slows Down Several COVID-19 Clinical Trials

CPO Magazine

Alicia Hope

A ransomware attack targeting medical technology firm slowed down clinical trials for the past two weeks, according to the New York Times. The attack targeted a Philadelphia company that develops software for clinical trials, including the crash effort to develop rapid coronavirus tests, treatment, and the vaccine. The attack on eResearch Technology forced clinicians to track their patients with pen and paper after locking the researchers out of their data.

Coronavirus research facilities affected by ransomware attack
Several coronavirus research facilities were affected by ransomware, an attack that encrypts the victim’s data and demands payment to unlock it.

The ransomware attack affected IQVIA, which manages...

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