North Korean hackers have attacked the computer network of US pharmaceutical company Pfizer in an attempt to “steal Coronavirus vaccine data”. This was stated by the intelligence agencies of South Korea, a rival country of Communist North Korea.
According to reports from Seoul, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on Tuesday (February 16th) that North Korean hackers had attacked the online network of the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer to access data of the coronavirus vaccine.
The Yonhap news agency quoted South Korean intelligence agencies as saying that a briefing is given to members of parliament in Seoul by the country’s intelligence agency, the NIS, said that communist Korean hackers were trying to track down Pfizer’s cyber net.
The American company Pfizer has developed a vaccine against the coronavirus in collaboration with the German pharmaceutical company BioN Tech. Pfizer applied for the vaccine. Pfizer was the first Western pharmaceutical company to formally approve the general use of the vaccine.
Kaspersky, a leading cybersecurity software company against Russian online attacks before South Korean intelligence agencies, also said last December that North Korean hackers were trying to hack into the computer systems of a major pharma company.
Kaspersky did not name the pharmaceutical company at the time but confirmed that the data it was trying to steal was related to coronavirus treatment and vaccines.
At the same time, it was said that the computer network of a country’s health department was also being targeted. The country, however, was not named.
A group of North Korean hackers called Lazarus, whose members have been accused in the past of online attacks on cash machines and banks. The group also attacked Sony Pictures’ online network in 2014, after which the Sony Pictures network was shut down for several weeks.
According to a US report, North Korea obtains financial resources for its controversial nuclear program, in part through hacking, and the hacking network is set up by North Korean intelligence services.
The report further stated that North Korean hackers have recently launched cyber-attacks on electronic money transfer systems, financial asset managers and defence ministries in various countries.