North Korean hackers targeted vaccine tech: South Korea agency

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    1. North Korean hackers attempted to steal information on COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, South Korea’s intelligence service said, but it denied a lawmaker’s claim that vaccine maker Pfizer was targeted.
    2. Earlier Tuesday, Ha Tae-keung, a member of parliament’s intelligence committee, told reporters that the National Intelligence Service told him and other lawmakers during a closed-door briefing that North Korea hacked Pfizer to obtain COVID-19 vaccine technology.
    3. After Ha’s comments made headlines, the NIS said it did not mention any pharmaceutical company by name when it told lawmakers that North Korean hackers were going after coronavirus vaccine information.
    4. Ha stood by his claim when contacted by The Associated Press, saying the NIS documents he was shown said that “North Korea stole Pfizer (vaccine information) and attempted to steal (technology) from South Korean vaccine and pharmaceutical firms.”
    5. Ha said the wording about Pfizer “was so clear that I didn’t even ask about that verbally” during the briefing.

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