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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Hackers Steal and Leak Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Data

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) disclosed that Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine data that was stolen from its servers last year has been leaked online by hackers.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) disclosed that Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine data that was stolen from its servers last year has been leaked online by hackers.

An Italian cybersecurity firm, Yarix, first discovered the leaks on the dark web then reported it to the EMA and authorities.

Despite the breach, EMA said the timelines for vaccine approval were not affected and that they are still fully functional.

EMA added that authorities are already aware of and investigating the incident and that they are fully cooperating.

“The ongoing investigation of the cyberattack on EMA revealed that some of the unlawfully accessed documents related to COVID-19 medicines and vaccines belonging to third parties have been leaked on the internet/ Necessary action is being taken by the law enforcement authorities,” said the EMA.

According to BleepingComputer’s sources, the leaked stolen data included email screenshots, EMA peer review comments, Word documents, PDFs, and PowerPoint presentations.

Both Pfizer and BioNTech did not comment on the incident but Pfizer already disclosed last month that their work was part of the EMA hack last December.

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