Confidential documents concerning drugs and vaccines against Covid-19 have been published on the internet after a cyberattack in December 2020 against the European Medicines Agency. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is affected.
Hackers who had succeeded in December in stealing confidential documents relating in particular to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on the servers of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) published them online.
In a press release, the MEA explains that the ongoing investigation into this cyberattack “revealed that some of the illegally consulted documents related to drugs and vaccines against Covid-19 have been disclosed on the internet”. “The necessary measures are taken by the authorities responsible for the application of the law”, adds the text.
According to Bloomberg, this EAJ statement on the breach came after an Italian cybersecurity firm, Yarix, said it found on the dark web pirated documents related to the authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and related business processes.
Australian daily The Sydney Morning Herald reports in this regard that a hacker posted a blog post containing files from the AEM, including confidential email messages related to the production and marketing of vaccines, citing Yarix CEO Mirko Gatto in a statement. interview. The latter further explained that screenshots and documents in this publication refer to a secure AEM communication portal for authorized personnel only.
The MEA, however, assures that the deadlines related to the evaluation and approval of drugs and vaccines against Covid have not been affected by these leaks. “The Agency and the European Medicines Regulatory Network remain fully functional and the deadlines associated with the evaluation and approval of Covid-19 medicines and vaccines are not affected,” the press release read.
The AEM, based in Amsterdam, announced on December 9 that it was the victim of a cyber attack and the immediate opening of an investigation “in close cooperation with the police”. Since the start of the pandemic, hackers have been accused of targeting companies and research institutes on vaccines and drugs against Covid-19.