North Korea tried to steal Pfizer coronavirus vaccine information, South says
“The cyberattacks included an attempt to steal covid-19 vaccine and treatment technology, to which Pfizer was subject,” Ha Tae-keung, an opposition lawmaker and member of the committee, told reporters. He added that South Korea had detected a 32 percent year-on-year jump in the number of cyberattack attempts from North Korea.
It was not clear when the Pfizer hack occurred or if it was successful. A Pfizer representative said she was not immediately able to comment. The coronavirus vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech is one of the few that has been approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization.
The statement by South Korean officials is the latest accusation against North Korean hackers for attempting to steal vaccine technology, highlighting Pyongyang’s alleged ongoing campaign to obtain sensitive information through nefarious means and its growing cyber capabilities.