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Plasma Donation Company Octapharma Shuts Down 180 Centers Worldwide

April 15, 2024

The disruption has impacted more than 150 plasma centers in the US, with possible effects on European factory operations.

The BlackSuit ransomware gang took credit for the attack on Wednesday, claiming to have exfiltrated business and laboratory data as well as the information of both living and deceased donors.

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Cyberattack at Cambrex Corporation

November 8, 2023

Cambrex is a global contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) that provides drug substance, drug product, and analytical services across the entire drug lifecycle.

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Data Security Breach at Alkem Laboratories

January 13, 2024

Alkem Laboratories, a major pharmaceutical company, acknowledged a cybersecurity incident that resulted in a fraudulent transfer of $6.2M from one of its subsidiaries. The breach involved compromising the business email IDs of some employees at the subsidiary, though the exact details of the security breach were not disclosed by Alkem.

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Global Pharmaceutical Co. Cencora Reports Discovery of Data Breach

February 21, 2024

Global pharmaceutical corporation Cencora discovered that intruders had stolen data from its networks. The company said in a regulatory filing that data from IT systems “had been exfiltrated” in an incident that came to light on February 21.

The event “has not had a material impact on the Company’s operations,” Cencora said. The regulatory filing did not specify the nature of the intrusion.

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Crinetics Pharmaceuticals Investigating Cyberattack

March 22, 2024

Crinetics , a San Diego pharmaceutical development company, said it is investigating a cybersecurity incident following claims from the LockBit ransomware gang that data was stolen.

The Lockbit gang demanded a $4 million ransom and set a deadline for Mar. 23. Crinetics did not respond to questions about whether they were dealing with a ransomware attack.

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Swiss Drug Manufacturer Siegfried Shuts Down Production after Cyberattack

May 21, 2021

The Siegfried Group suFfered a cyber attack shortly before Pentecost. THe Swiss company shut down production at multiple sites, cut off network connections, and scoured its information technology systems. Among other things, Siegfried packages the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

As a result of the attack, there will be certain volume and revenue shortfalls in the first half of the year. Based on the results of the forensic investigations, which are well advanced, the Siegfried Group continues to assume that no sensitive customer data were affected by the incident.

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Cyberattack at Drug Distributor Alliance Healthcare Impacts Pharmacies in Spain.

March 17, 2023

A cyberattack on one of the main distributors of Catalan pharmacies, Alliance Healthcare, is disrupting medicines supplies, according to the Spanish daily ‘El País.’ A week later, the company’s website is still completely inaccessible. Alliance Healthcare’s billing systems and ordering processes are also in utter chaos, El País’ sources said. Outages led to supply delays, with pharmacies across the northeastern Catalonia region seeing the biggest impact.

While the affected company is one of the leading distributors to Catalan pharmacies, the industry has been able to cope with medicines supplies as they work with different distribution companies.

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Cyberattack hits Multiple Sites of Pharmaceutical Vibrac Group

June 19, 2023

The Virbac Group was the target of a cyber attack on several of its sites worldwide during the night of June 19-20. “As soon as we became aware of the attack, we immediately took steps to contain it. At the same time, we set up a crisis unit including dedicated cybersecurity experts to assess the impact on our systems and organize remediation operations.”

“As a result of this attack, we are currently experiencing a slowdown or temporary interruption of some of our services.”

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Boots also Victim MOVEit Software Hack at Zellis

June 7, 2023

British Airways (BA), the BBC, Ofcom and Boots were among a number of organisations that were reportedly victims of a major recent cyber-attack, resulting in the breach of numerous staff details.

The stolen data is said to include staff names, staff ID numbers and national insurance numbers (although, importantly, not banking details). But, other than for those personally affected, the real issue is what this attack reveals about the evolution of cybercrime.

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