New Delhi: Chinese-stated backed hackers targetted Indian vaccine markers – Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech – IT systems in the recent weeks. The two firms are the only ones which are making Covid vaccines in India and distributing it to different parts of the world. India produces over 60 percent of the world’s vaccines. While both China and India have sold or gifted vaccines to various countries.
Goldman Sachs-backed Cyfirma told Rueters, that the Chinese hacking group APT10 or ‘Stone Panda’ identified vulnerabilities in the IT infrastructure and supply chain software of the two vaccine markers.
Cyfirma Chief Executive Kumar Ritesh who used to be a top cyber official with British foreign intelligence agency MI6 told Reuters, “The real motivation here is actually exfiltrating intellectual property and getting competitive advantage over Indian pharmaceutical companies.”