eResearchTechnology, a medical software company that supplies pharma companies with tools for conducting clinical trials – including trials for COVID-19 vaccines, has been hit by a ransomware attack. According to initial investigation, the attackers could be financially motivated or backed by a nation-state looking to gain competitive advantage. Researchers were forced to switch to pen and paper for tracking patient data while the attack went on for almost two weeks. Thanks to data backups, the impact of the attack was limited and the company is now in recovery mode.
It’s known that attacks on organizations leading the medical fight against the coronavirus pandemic have been continuing. Hence, it is crucial to stay safe now more than ever from cyberattacks especially that a huge portion of the world is starting to operate online.
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