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‘Cyberattacks on Covid-19 vaccination programme up 26%’

In a ferocious attempt to destabilize Covid-19 vaccination programme, the cyberattacks on pharmaceutical companies have increased by over 12% and are understood to have increased cumulatively by over 26% since top pharma giants including Pfizer and Moderna announced the availability of vaccines in November 2020. According to a recent report and by the end of January 2021, the average number of attacks was up 26 per cent

According to a study by researchers at cloud-enabled security solutions provider , cybercriminals are taking advantage of the heightened fear and uncertainty prevailing around the to launch attacks using urgency, social engineering, and other common tactics to lure victims.

The report claimed that while most vaccine-related phishing attacks analysed by the researchers were scams, many used more targeted techniques such as brand impersonation and . Vaccine-related phishing emails impersonated a well-known brand or organisation and included a link to a phishing website advertising early access to vaccines, offering vaccinations in exchange for a payment, or even impersonating health care professionals requesting personal information to check eligibility for a vaccine.

Business Email Compromise (BEC), which has been one of the most damaging email threats in the past few years, costing businesses over $26 billion dollars is now being used by attackers for vaccine-related topics, the report said.

“Interestingly, vaccine-related lateral phishing attacks have been spiking around the same time when major Covid-19 vaccines are announced and approved around the world,” Murali Urs, Country Manager-, Barracuda Networks, said in a statement.

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