Tardigrade hackers target big pharma vaccine makers with stealthy malware

An advanced hacking group known as ‘Tardigrade’ is targeting biomanufacturing facilities and research centers working on vaccines and critical medicines.

The actor uses sophisticated custom malware to spread in compromised networks and exfiltrates data for extensive periods without being noticed.

According to an advisory published by BIO-ISAC today, the actor has been actively targeting entities in the field since at least January 2020.

Tardigrade has targeted multiple universities, research centers, production facilities, and “big pharma” entities involved in developing or producing COVID-19 vaccines.

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