North Korea Accused of Cyber Espionage to Acquire Vaccines from Phizer

South Korea’s intelligence agency (NIS) reported that North Korea has tried to steal information on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments by hacking Pfizer.

“There were attempts to steal COVID vaccine and treatment technology during cyberattacks and Pfizer was hacked,” said Ha Tae-Keung, an opposition member of the parliamentary intelligence panel who was briefed by the NIS.

NIS however did not clarify whether any data was actually stolen by North Korean hackers.

NIS said it had foiled other North Korean attempts to breach South Korean firms developing their own vaccines.

North Korea announced last month that it has started human trials on a locally made COVID-19 vaccine.

Their announcement came after the Lazarus group, a suspected North Korean unit was believed to be responsible for allegedly hacking Pfizer and the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

EMA said that “documents related to COVID-19 medicines and vaccines belonging to third parties have been leaked on the internet” during the hack.

Pfizer has not yet released a statement while North Korea has not yet disclosed whether it successfully developed a vaccine despite claiming that they had no active virus cases.

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