EMA, the EU regulatory body in charge of approving COVID-19 vaccines, became the victim of a cyber-attack today.
Cyber-Attack On EU Agency:
The EMA – European Medicines Agency, in a post today – it has been the subject of a cyberattack.
Firstly, The Agency has swiftly launched a full investigation, in close cooperation with law enforcement and other relevant entities.
Further added, it couldn’t disclose any details about the intrusion due to an ongoing investigation.
COVID-19 Vaccine Makers:
Most importantly, EMA is currently in the process of reviewing applications for two COVID-19 vaccines, one from US pharma giant Moderna, and a second developed in a collaboration between BioNTech and Pfizer.
Following the disclosure, BioNTech said the EMA had informed it that “that the agency has been subject to a cyber-attack and that some documents relating to the regulatory submission for Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate … had been unlawfully accessed”.
But, it added, “No BioNTech or Pfizer systems have been breached in connection with this incident and we are unaware of any personal data of study participants being accessed.”
Over the past months, numerous companies working on COVID-19 research and vaccines have been the targets of hackers.
On the other hand, according to reports from Reuters and the Wall Street Journal, Companies targeted by hackers:
Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, Genexine, Shin Poong Pharmaceutical, Celltrion, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Gilead