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Op-ed: Hackers are targeting Covid-19 vaccinations. Here’s how to stop them

February 17, 2021


The Covid-19 vaccine has been a constant target for cybercriminals from creation to deployment. In December 2020, it was reported that vital vaccine data was accessed by hackers through a European regulator’s systems. More recently, it was revealed that documents accessed in that breach were manipulated before being leaked on the dark web, creating concerns about ways they might be leveraged in the future.

These incidents underscore the threat that cyberattacks targeting Covid-19 could pose to the public, but the risks don’t stop there. Researchers have already detected ongoing campaigns aiming to take advantage of individuals seeking access to the vaccine, and even personal data being sold on the dark web.

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