IBM’s cyber-security division says that hackers are targeting companies associated with the storage and transportation of COVID-19 vaccines using temperature-controlled environments — also known as the COVID-19 vaccine cold chain.
The attacks consisted of spear-phishing emails seeking to collect credentials for a target’s internal email and applications.
Targets of the attacks included a wide variety of companies, sectors, and government organizations alike. This included the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union, an organization that monitors the movement of products across borders — including medical supplies.
The attackers also targeted a company that manufactures solar panels used for solar-powered vaccine transport refrigerators and a petrochemical company that manufactures dry ice, also used for vaccine transportation.