Microsoft has revealed that hackers from North Korea and Russia they have been involved in cyberattacks targeting the main pharmaceutical companies. These seven companies are currently investigating COVID-19 drugs and vaccines.
The pharmaceutical companies that develop the Covid-19 vaccine targeted by hackers
“In recent months, we have detected cyberattacks by three state actors in the nation targeting seven prominent companies directly involved in research on vaccines and treatments for Covid-19. Targets include leading pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers in Canada, France, India, South Korea, and the United States. The attacks came from Strontium, an actor from Russia, and from two actors from North Korea we call Zinc and Cerium ”, said Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President of Customer Security & Trust.
These cyber attacks, which were highly successful, were carried out by three groups of hackers, including Fancy Bear / APT28, Lazarus and Cerium. The Russian state sponsored hacker group Strontium used techniques of spraying password. The goal was none other than to steal the login credentials of researchers associated with drug companies. On the other hand, the Group Lazarus Y Cerium used emails addressed to spear-phishing to attack their victims; however, the number of successful attacks is not known.
Today’s blog post coincides with the appearance of the president of Microsoft Brad Smith at the Paris Peace Forum. Where he plans to ask nations to protect healthcare companies from cyberattacks. “We believe that the law should be applied not only when attacks originate from government agencies, but also when they originate from criminal groups that governments allow to operate, or even facilitate, within their borders. It is a criminal activity that cannot be tolerated »the company explained today.