North Korean hackers have targeted pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, maker of COVID-19 vaccines

In the current context, the main battles between world powers have ceased to take place in physical places of high attendance or of high importance and instead many battles have been transferred to the terrain of professional hackers, "Cyber-mercenaries". Indeed, according to ReutersRecently, a group of North Korean hackers have tried to infiltrate the systems of the British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, while the company is in the race to deploy its vaccine against the coronavirus.

To accomplish their mission, the hackers pretended to be recruiters on the professional social network LinkedIn and via WhatsApp to offer bogus job offers, according to Reuters sources. After bypassing certain filters or tricking their victims, they sent documents that purported to be job descriptions linked to malicious code designed to gain access to the victim's computer.

This attack targeted a broad group of people, including staff working on COVID-19 vaccine research, but is known to have been unsuccessful. On the other hand, the North Korean mission to the United Nations in Genoa has not responded to the request for comment. However, Pyongyang has ruled out that it is deploying cyberattacks.

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Elijah Casanova
Last year law student at the Universidad del Pacífico. With an interest in blockchain technology, business and administrative law.


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