North Korea Hacked Pfizer to Steal COVID-19 Vaccine Data, South
February 16, 2021
North Korea launched a cyberattack on U.S. drugmaker Pfizer to steal
the company’s COVID-19 vaccine data, according to South Korea’s
Officials with the National Intelligence Service briefed lawmakers
Tuesday in Seoul during a closed-door hearing with lawmakers.
is the second time in recent months that Pyongyang has been accused
of hacking pharmaceutical companies to retrieve data about their
work in creating a new coronavirus vaccine. Microsoft said in
November that hackers from both North Korea and Russia attempted to
break into seven prominent companies, including Pfizer and its
German-based partner, BioNTech.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un long claimed that his country has no
COVID-19 infections, but quickly closed its border with China as the
pandemic took hold. The decision cut off impoverished North Korea
from its neighbor and key trade and diplomatic ally.
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