Sophisticated Tardigrade malware launches attacks on vaccine manufacturing infrastructure

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Security researchers are warning biomanufacturing facilities around the world that they are being targeted by a sophisticated new strain of malware, known as Tardigrade.

The warning comes from the non-profit Bioeconomy Information Sharing and Analysis Center (BIO-ISAC) which revealed that at least two large facilities working on manufacturing bio-drugs and vaccines have been hit by the same malware this year, in what appear to be targeted attacks.

Charles Fracchia, founder of BioBright and a BIO-ISAC board member, says that Tardigrade is an APT targeting Windows computers in the bioeconomy and biomanufacturing sector “using tools of unprecedented sophistication and stealth.”

At first Tardigrade might be mistaken for a (sadly all-too-common) ransomware attack, but what makes it different is its sophistication and autonomy. And – unlike ransomware – if Tardigrade makes any attempts to extort money from its victims they appear to be half-hearted, with much more interest being paid on exfiltrating data and spying on its victims.

Security researchers claim that Tardigrade appears to be

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