IBM wrote onThursday a blog post saying that hackers are targeting the COVID -19 vaccine supply chain, which makes sure that vaccines are preserved in temperature-controlled environments while being stored and transported.
The company said that the hackers impersonated an executive from Haier Biomedical which is the only cold chain provider in the world, at the moment. This hacker sent phishing emails to organizations and they assumed to be providing material support to meet transportation needs.
The person also targeted the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union.
Claire Zaboeva, the IBM analyst, says that the hackers went through “an exceptional amount of effort.” The scammers researched the correct make, model, and pricing of various refrigeration units.
“Whoever put together this campaign was intimately aware of whatever products were involved in the supply chain to develop a vaccine for the global pandemic,” she reported.
Alert was issued by the The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warning the organizations involved in Operation Warp Speed to review IBM’s blog post.
It is unknown who stands behind the phishing campaign.
The Wall Street Journal also reported on Wednesday that hackers from North Korean hackers have already tried to hack at least six pharmaceutical companies developing COVID-19 treatments. Microsoft previously warned that North Korean and Russian hacking groups were targeting pharmaceutical companies and COVID-19 vaccine researchers.