- Kimsuky hacker group targeted at least six drugmakers
- The cyberattacks targeted companies developing COVID-19 treatment
- Russian and North Korean hackers attacked AstraZeneca in November
A group of North Korean hackers has targeted half a dozen pharmaceutical companies in the United States, United Kingdom and South Korea in a coordinated cyberattack.
Kimsuky, a notorious hacker group, targeted drugmakers working on potential coronavirus vaccines and treatments as part of an effort to steal sensitive information that could be sold or weaponized by the North Korean regime.
Authorities said any stolen information could be used to extort victims or give foreign governments a strategic advantage.
Since August, the hackers have worked to infiltrate U.S. companies Johnson & Johnson and Novavax Inc. The hackers also launched coordinated cyberattacks on South Korean companies Genexine Inc., Shin Poong Pharmaceutical Co. and Celltrion Inc., sources told the Wall Street Journal.
Both American drugmakers are working