The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has become the target of a cyberattack, the EMA website reported on Wednesday. No further information was given apart from the fact that the case is under investigation. EMA is an EU agency responsible, inter alia, for approving vaccines against Covid-19.
"EMA has become the target of a cyberattack. The agency quickly launched a full investigation, in close cooperation with law enforcement and other relevant actors," the agency said in a short press release.
It was added that EMA could not yet provide any additional details of the pending investigation and further information would be provided in due course.
The Amsterdam-based EMA is an agency of the European Union responsible for the evaluation and approval for use in the countries of the Community of medical devices, including drugs, vaccines and medical devices.
It is not clear when the attack took place, who perpetrated it and whether any data was hijacked, writes the Reuters agency, recalling that during the coronavirus pandemic, the number of cyber attacks against institutions related to the health care system has increased.
Reuters previously reported on hackers linked to the governments of North Korea, Iran, Vietnam, China, and Russia who were accused of attempting to steal information about the coronavirus and potential drugs and vaccines for Covid-19 (PAP).