Iran-linked hackers targeted coronavirus drugmaker Gilead

BREAKING: Staff at US drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc, which is working to deploy a treatment for the coronavirus, has been targeted by hackers linked to Iran in recent weeks, Reuters reports.

In one case, a fake email login page designed to steal passwords was sent in April to a top Gilead executive involved in legal and corporate affairs, according to an archived version on a website used to scan for malicious web addresses. Reuters was not able to determine whether the attack was successful.

Ohad Zaidenberg, a lead intelligence researcher at Israeli cybersecurity firm ClearSky, who closely tracks Iranian hacking activity and has investigated the attacks, said the attempt was part of an effort by an Iranian group to compromise email accounts of staff at the company using messages that impersonated journalists.

In recent weeks, hackers with links to Iran have also attempted to break into the World Health Organization. In addition, hackers linked to Vietnam targeted the Chinese government over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak.