Last December, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which is based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, revealed that it was the victim of a cyberattack with illegal access to third-party documents relating to medicines and vaccines. against Covid-19. Documents that have been leaked on the internet.
In collaboration with the Dutch and European authorities, an investigation into this incident has been launched. According to the Dutch daily De Volkskrant who quotes sources close to the investigation, the AEM was the target of Chinese hackers in the spring of 2020 and Russian hackers in the fall.
According to De Volkskrant (Reuters), Chinese hackers would have been able to break into AEM networks after hacking into the systems of a German university. For Russian hackers, they allegedly exploited loopholes in the AEM’s two-step verification system.
The portrait of Russian cyber-spies?
In the form of an access token, a sesame was allegedly obtained by Russian hackers as part of an email traffic interception campaign following a spear phishing attack. In this case, a zip file in an email and containing a token for a new user in order to activate the two-step validation.
The EMA would have been vulnerable due to the deactivation of a protection preventing the creation of several tokens for the same user. Access was reportedly concealed for more than a month. Russian hackers are said to be linked to the Russian foreign intelligence service.
The publication online of part of the exfiltrated documents remains relatively mysterious, if not to muddy the waters, not to mention a desire to interfere with titles on the Dark Web giving free rein to conspiracy theories.
De Volkskrant rather evokes classic economic espionage, not on the functioning of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, but on the European strategy with purchases and costs.
Source: GNT – actualités by www.generation-nt.com.
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