EU Drugs Regulator Say Some Data From Last Month’s Cyber Attacked Leaked Online

The European medicines regulator said some COVID-19-related documents and data that were accessed in a cyber attack it had revealed in early December have been leaked on the internet. The European Medicines Agency did not give information on which documents or data were made online, but insisted that obligatory action was being taken by law enforcement authorities. Hacking attempts against healthcare and medical organisations have intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic as attackers ranging from state-backed spies to cyber criminals hunt for valuable information.

The  EMA said, “The Agency continues to fully support the criminal investigation into the data breach and to notify any additional entities and individuals whose documents and personal data may have been subject to unauthorized access.” The watchdog has not mentioned the names of third parties involved, but Pfizer and BioNTech announced soon after the EMA’s initial disclosure that documents relating to their vaccine were accessed in the incident.