Dr. Reddys isolates data center services after cyber attack

The laboratories of the pharmaceutical giant Dr. Reddy announced today that they have isolated all of their data center services as a preventative measure after a cyber attack. The drug manufacturer had closed its most important plants due to the violation of its servers worldwide, ET Now had reported, citing sources. The plants in the US, UK, Brazil, India and Russia are affected, the report added.

“We expect all services to be available within 24 hours and we do not see any material impact on our business operations as a result of this incident,” said Mukesh Rathi, Chief Information Officer of Dr. Reddy, in a statement. Shares in the company, which has a partnership to conduct clinical trials with the Russian vaccine Sputnik-V COVID-19 in India, even fell 4.3 percent after the news broke.

The news comes just days after the Drug Control General of India (DCGI) Dr. Reddy’s laboratories had given approval to conduct the Phase 2 and 3 human trials with the Sputnik V vaccine in India. The company announced that this would be a multicenter, randomized controlled trial. Hyderabad-based Dr. Reddy’s partnered with Russian Direct RDIF in September 2020 to conduct clinical trials of the Sputnik V vaccine and its distribution in India. It also has partnerships with global companies to sell coronavirus treatments remdesivir and favipiravir in India.

Sputnik V is currently in phase 3 clinical trials in Russia. The suggested number of subjects is 40,000. In addition, a Phase 3 clinical trial of the vaccine began last week in the UAE.

Ironically, the UK, US and Canada intelligence agencies issued a public statement in July this year accusing the APT29 hacking group, also known as Cozy Bear, of attacking academic and pharmaceutical research institutions involved in the development of COVID-19 vaccines. The statements said that the hackers believed to be part of the Russian intelligence service were trying to steal valuable private information through a coronavirus vaccine.

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