A group of hackers published confidential documents on covid-19 drugs and vaccines on the Internet after the computer attack on the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in December 2020.
Deadlines related to the evaluation and approval of covid-19 drugs and vaccines have not been affected, the EMA said in a statement published Tuesday. on your official page. The agency said it continues to function “in full” and that law enforcement officials are taking action against this data breach that occurred in the past month.
It is recalled that the EMA was the target of a computer attack on 9 December. The agency quickly launched an investigation, in close cooperation with the authorities. However, it was not clear when or how the attack occurred, or even who was responsible.
During the hack, some documents presented by Pfizer and BioNTech were released during the regulatory review of its covid-19 vaccine, approved last month, and which is being administered in several European Union member states, including Portugal.
The European Medicines Agency said it would notify any additional entities and individuals whose documents and personal data may have been subject to unauthorized access. Pfizer shares fell 2.2% in New York after that.
This EMA update came after an Italian cybersecurity company, Yarix, reported that it found pirated documents related to Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine authorization and business processes on the so-called ‘dark web’.
One of the hackers released a publication that contained EMA files, including confidential e-mails related to the production and marketing of the vaccine, according to the executive director of Yarix.