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The European Medicines Agency says it was targeting cyberattacks



(Reuters) – The European Medicines Agency said on Wednesday that it was the target of a cyber attack and that it was investigating the incident with the help of law enforcement.

The European Medicines Agency – which is responsible for the evaluation and authorization of medicinal products, medical devices and vaccines for the European Union – did not provide further details about the attack.

“The EMA cannot provide further information while the investigation is ongoing. Additional information will be made available in due course, "it said in a statement.

It was not immediately clear when or how the attack took place, who was responsible or what, if any, data was compromised.

But hacking attempts against health care organizations have intensified during the COVID-1

9 pandemic as attackers ranging from state-sponsored spies to cybercriminals climb to get the latest information on the outbreak.

Reuters has previously documented how hackers linked to North Korea, Iran, Vietnam, China and Russia have on various occasions been accused of trying to steal information about the virus and its potential treatments.

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