Corona vaccines distribution and storage companies are exposed to cyber attacks
The companies that will distribute the new anti-corona virus vaccine have been subjected to cyber attacks, and their purpose is not limited to stealing information, but extends to prosecuting their distributors and suppliers.
Researchers from IBM's X-Force team pursued a global piracy campaign targeting government agencies, technology companies and suppliers in countries such as Germany, Italy, South Korea and Taiwan.
The attacks came in the form of emails claiming to be from the Chinese company (Haier Biomedical), and also claiming to be the world's only provider of a complete cold chain in the world, which is necessary to transport the Pfizer vaccine, which requires a temperature of 70 degrees below zero.
When the researchers sent a response to those messages, requesting the company's quotations, the hackers responded with a message containing a link when opened, asking the user to enter his password for some files that might be stolen by the hackers.
IBM researchers said it is unclear whether any of the attacks were successful, but it was likely the purpose was to gather information for future attempts.
The targets of the piracy included the European Commission's General Directorate of Taxes and Customs Union, which will be in direct contact with many countries and could open paths for further targeted attacks.