NEW DELHI – The issue of Chinese hackers has returned to the forefront in India with allegations of their attempts to infiltrate the IT systems at two Indian vaccine makers and their involvement in a power outage in Mumbai last year.
Researchers from Cyfirma, a cyber intelligence firm, said it had uncovered how a Chinese hacking group APT10 had been targeting the IT infrastructure and supply chain of the Serum Institute of India (SII), the world’s largest vaccine maker manufacturing the AstraZeneca vaccine, and Bharat Biotech, the indigenous vaccine maker.
India has given emergency approval to both vaccine manufacturers to supply the country’s needs for its vaccination programme, which is among the largest undertaken in the world.
Cyfirma said it found that India’s vaccine research had attracted the attention of Chinese state-sponsored threat actors “whose intentions are to tarnish India’s reputation as well as to disrupt her national vaccination effort.”
The firm said it did not not know the exact date of the attacks but said evidence from hackers’ communities and forums pointed to the efforts already starting against the two companies.
“Nations are not holding back in their attempts to win the vaccine race as we are seeing unprecedented levels of cyber activities,” said Mr Kumar Ritesh, the founder and chief executive officer of Cyfirma.
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