Continuing cyber attacks on major pharmaceutical organizations COVID-19 TK, a fresh wave of attacks by North Korean hackers, has been spotted targeting the British pharma chief, AstraZeneca. In the new attack strategy, hackers are presented as recruiters on LinkedIn and WhatsApp among the world’s most popular communication platforms. Using these, hackers are primarily targeting prominent individuals connected AstraZeneca, And trying to convince e-documents to download them, with embedded macros containing malware. Although the exact form and appearance of the malware used in the attack is unclear, Nature of hacking attempt Suggests the use of a regular remote access trojan (RAT) – which allows attackers to remotely infiltrate the system, span long, and key data from a company’s internal server to a hacker’s remote controlled server Relays to
However this is definitely not the first time that attackers are trying to use COVID-19 As the main axis to increase hacking efforts, things have become increasingly more sensitive. Leading Kovid vaccine research organizations are facing significant cyber attacks by state-backed threat actors who seek to steal critical data from Kovid vaccine trials and other critical information. While the earlier crop of attackers was traced to China and Russia, recent activity seems to be inspiring North Korea. In Earlier report, We highlighted how the North Korean hacker collective, Lazarus, is ramping up Kovid vaccine efforts worldwide.
Some of the most notable attacks in recent times have come on the Pfizer-BioNotech collaboration of the United States and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories of India. The latter suffered widespread data breaches, which caused them to shut down major global plants and isolate their data servers to investigate the breach. AstraZeneca is, on this note, one of the leading companies, which has reached an advanced stage of its Kovid vaccine trials in partnership with the University of Oxford in the UK. Although it was tested due to a data discrepancy and lack of consistency in the efficacy of the vaccine and its dosage, it is still important what the global battle is Coronavirus Ubiquitous epidemic. Novel breakout Coronavirus The stress has held the world hostage for almost a year, and major vaccine efforts such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Dr. Reddy are key to getting the world back on normal track.
As part of the latest hacking campaign, cyber threat investigators noted specific schemes such as registering their social media accounts with Russian email addresses, in a bid to mislead efforts to investigate cyber attacks is. On this note, it comes as a temporary assurance to note that AstraZeneca allegedly did not witness any known breach of sensitive data from its servers. However, the environment of cyber vigilance is of utmost importance to move forward, as Kovid vaccines are trying to get into a larger deployment situation in the coming months.