The digitalization of the pharmaceutical industry has led to an exponential increase in cyberattacks. Threat actors ranging from crime syndicates and business competitors to Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) groups try to get hold of proprietary information on trade secrets, drug patents and clinical trials. 

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Roche

Swiss pharmaceutics company, Roche was hit by the Winnti malware.
The malware used stolen certificates and was designed to seek specific processes on the victim’s computer to run the malicious code. It used a rootkit to modify the functionality of the victim’s servers.

Bayer

The German pharmaceutics company faced a malicious attack on its network by a state-sponsored APT group Wicked Panda.
The perpetuator’s goals were tied to industrial espionage, to gain access to trade secrets and business plans.

Merck

Pharmaceutics giant Merck was a victim of the NotPetya ransomware attacks.
The malware took down Merck’s global manufacturing operations and affected its formulation and packaging systems.

Eurofins Scientific

The food and biopharma testing company confirmed that part of its IT systems was affected by a strain of ransomware, which disrupted its operations.

Charles River Laboratories

The US biotechnology and pharmaceutics company confirmed a cybersecurity breach where part of its IT systems was hacked by intruders who exfiltrated client data.