Hackers leaked data on drugs and vaccines from COVID-19, obtained by hacking the European Medicines Agency (EMA) late last year. The regulator itself said this, a statement to that effect is posted on its website.
The EMA said that law enforcement authorities are currently taking all necessary measures on the fact of the offence. The regulator added that the hack and data leak did not affect its work and did not affect the timing of the study and approval of medicines and vaccines against coronavirus.
The attack on the regulator first came to light in early December 2020. The agency said it notified entities and individuals whose data was stolen as a result of the hack. EMA also said it had brought in a third-party company to investigate the incident.
Pfizer and BioNTech said the hackers gained access to documents related to their drug, but it is not known if the attack touched data on other vaccines under review by the European regulator. Bloomberg reports that Pfizer shares fell 2.2 percent and BioNTech’s U.S. depositary receipts fell 5.1 percent.