A coordinated, global network of hackers tried to break into the COVID-19 'cold chain,' which transports vaccines at -94 degrees Fahrenheit
- IBM security researchers said Thursday they'd detected a coordinated global hacking campaign targeting the COVID-19
vaccine" cold chain."
COVID-19vaccines, like the one made by Pfizer, need to be kept at fantastically cold temperatures throughout the supply chain.
- IBM said it does not yet know who's behind the attacks, but suspects the
hackersmay be state-backed.
- The hackers posed as an executive from Haier Biomedical, a real firm involved in the cold chain, IBM said.
Hackers have been trying to break into the supply chain that will help COVID-19 vaccines get delivered at the required deep-freeze temperature, IBM said in a report Thursday.
IBM security researchers found a "global phishing campaign," which it said systematically targeted companies involved in the so-called COVID-19 "cold chain."COVID-19 vaccines like the one made by Pfizer — which yesterday gained approval from the UK government and will start rolling out shots next week — need to be kept at extraordinarily cold temperatures to remain viable. Pfizer's vaccine needs to be kept at -94 degrees Fahrenheit, and has to be transported in a special briefcase filled with dry ice.
The emails claimed to be from an executive at Haier Biomedical, a real partner of the CCEOP program, and targeted companies involved in the transport of future COVID-19 vaccines.The emails both asked for credentials and contained lines of malicious code. "It is highly likely that the adversary strategically chose to impersonate Haier Biomedical because it is purported to be the world's only complete cold chain provider," IBM noted.
This isn't the first time researchers have found hackers targeting the COVID-19 vaccine. Microsoft announced in November it had detected efforts from North Korea and Russia-backed hackers to infiltrate the systems of COVID-19 vaccine-makers.
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