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A Chinese hacker group attacked the IT systems of two Indian manufacturers of coronavirus infection (COVID-19) vaccines used as part of a campaign to immunize the country's residents.

As specialists from cybersecurity firm Cyfirma told news agency Reuters, the Chinese hacker group APT10 (also known as Stone Panda) has identified problems and vulnerabilities in the IT infrastructure and software supply chain of Indian biotech companies Bharat Biotech and Serum Institute of India (SII).

“The motivation for hackers is to steal intellectual property and gain a competitive advantage over Indian pharmaceutical companies. In the case of the Serum Institute, criminals discovered a number of publicly accessible servers containing vulnerabilities, ”said Cyfirma CEO Kumar Ritesh.

APT10 is actively targeting SII, which is producing the AstraZeneca vaccine for many countries and will soon begin mass production of Novavax vaccines. Representatives of SII and Bharat Biotech declined to comment on the situation. Cyfirma experts have reported the problem to the Indian State Computer Incident Response Team (CERT), and its experts have confirmed the fact of the cyber threat.

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