The Amsterdam-based agency announced in December that it had been the target of a cyberattack.
Cyber hackers, who stole documents from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), manipulated and disseminated them online, in a way that shattered public confidence in Covid-19 vaccines, the agency said on Friday. . The Amsterdam-based agency announced in December that it had been the target of a cyberattack that had allowed its perpetrators to illegally access information about the anti-Covid-19 vaccines Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
Ongoing investigations have shown that “some documents relating to anti-Covid-19 treatments and vaccines that have been accessed illegally have been leaked on the internet“. Among these documents were confidential emails for internal use dated November on “the vaccine evaluation processThe agency added in a statement. “Some of these emails were manipulated by the perpetrators (of the cyberattack) prior to publication in a way that could undermine confidence in vaccines“, According to the agency.
A “foreign intelligence serviceBehind the hacking?
Dutch public television NOS said it had seen documents posted online that might suggest that the EMA had come under heavy pressure from the European Commission to get it to approve the vaccines as soon as possible. But according to NOS, the EMA has not confirmed whether these snippets, which were posted on a Russian internet forum, were genuine.
An unidentified source, quoted by television, claimed that a “foreign intelligence serviceWas behind the hacking, information also reported by German media. The EMA reported being in “dialogue constant“With the European Commission and assured that despite the urgency of the approval of vaccines,”there has always been a consensus within the EU“As to the need to”do not compromise the high level of requirement of the criteriaDecision. Dutch police are investigating the hacking at the same time as the EMA.