Report: Chinese hackers target Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech

Chinese hackers target Serum Institute, Bharat Biotech
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The supply-software and IT infrastructure of two COVID-19 vaccine makers in India have recently been targeted by a group of hackers from China, a cyber intelligence company was quoted as telling Reuters.

The vaccine makers whose IT systems were targeted are engaged in immunisation across India.

India and China have helped many countries across the world by selling or gift COVID-19 vaccines. Standing out of the queue, India’s production stands at 60 per cent of the total vaccine sold in the market across the world.

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According to Cyfirma which is based in Singapore and Tokyo, a Chinese hacking group APT10 had found vulnerabilities in the IT infrastructure and supply chain software of Bharat Biotech and the Serum Institute of India (SII).

“The real motivation here is actually exfiltrating intellectual property and getting competitive advantage over Indian pharmaceutical companies,” Kumar Ritesh, Chief Executive of Cyfirma, said.

“In the case of Serum Institute, they have found a number of their public servers running weak web servers, these are vulnerable web servers,” he added.

“They have spoken about weak web application, they are also talking about weak content-management system. It’s quite alarming,” he said.

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