The French newspaper Le Parisien said that France had implemented a very strict security protocol to transfer and store Covid-19 vaccines, at a time when the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) expected a significant increase in crimes, including theft, acts of terrorism and cyber-attacks. And fraud and fraud against this antidote, which is hoped to put an end to nearly a year of the epidemic.
The newspaper’s article stated that at a time when many countries around the world are preparing to launch massive vaccination campaigns in order to eradicate the Corona virus epidemic, the President of Interpol, Jürgen Stock, indicated the possibility of an increase in cases of theft and fraud, and he explained that obtaining new vaccines, including The Pfizer-BioNTech laboratory vaccine, which has been licensed to market within the European Union, attracts a lot of envy.
Ghost cyber attacks
The newspaper said that the risk of cyber attacks is high in a world that relies heavily on computers, noting that many malicious acts have already been committed, according to the European Medicines Agency, which said that it was subjected to a cyber attack, although it is difficult to determine what the hackers are looking for.
However, Arwa Berry, an expert in cybersecurity from the Mines-Telécom Institute, believes that potential targets for hackers may be “the mechanisms of action of the vaccine, its distribution chain, efficacy, risks, side effects and guidelines.”
Computer security expert Sebastian Geest believes that “the goal was to try to steal information to move forward faster in developing another vaccine, although it is difficult to imagine a coordinated attack from a specific country, because Covid-19 includes all countries of the world.”
And it is disturbing – according to the newspaper – that hackers could attack the logistical side of the vaccination chain. The president of Vectra, Southern Europe, Christophe Joly, says, “The pharmaceutical groups are equipped with good information security; but the attackers are very smart, and the logistics services.” Usually related to mostly fragile organizations. “
In this context, the newspaper pointed out that the French “Fareva” group, which was supposed to produce the future vaccine for the German company “CureVac”, was exposed to a cyber attack when a virus infected its data center and closed almost all its factories, especially as ” There is no 100% security, “says Sebastian Geist, explaining that the attack may not come from outside; Rather, “there may be an outsider among the employees.”
Attacks on vaccines
The INTERPOL chief warned of “a significant increase in crime with the delivery of vaccines,” and he expected “attacks in transit”, as trucks start leaving the Pfizer warehouse in Bors, Belgium, to deliver the antidote to approximately 7,200 French nursing homes where vaccination campaigns will begin. , A process that takes place throughout Europe; Which means that the threat on the roads is very great.
In a letter addressed to governors and regional health agencies, the French government appeared to be concerned about “bad acts, including intruding into storage facilities,” and the potential for theft for purely financial purposes as well as the specter of terrorist acts looming over the transfer of these vaccines.
In order to ensure maximum safety during the transfer of vaccine doses to hospitals, pharmacies and GP offices across France, Paris has planned for everything, as the Ministry of Health has amassed an arsenal – as it explains – that includes flying drones over trucks with secret shipments, and preparing points for stopping away. For crowded places, as well as strict secrecy of storage places.
The newspaper pointed out that Interpol warned against “warehouse robberies”, especially since millions of doses of vaccines will be transported and stored all over the country. So the doses will be transported under strict security measures, and the warehouses will be equipped with intrusion prevention devices, video surveillance, and strictly control the movements of their employees.
Scam and misstorage
The newspaper cautioned that the desire to make money from these vaccines may generate bad ideas among some people; Therefore, health authorities will closely monitor the possibility of any false vaccines appearing on the market, which would be disastrous for patients and the herd immunity process.
Therefore – the newspaper says – Interpol expressed at the beginning of this month its concern, and warned of “possible criminal activity related to counterfeiting, theft and illegal promotion of vaccines against Covid-19 and influenza”, and said that it had reported acts of “promoting, selling and managing fake vaccines.” This represents a “great danger to health, and even to life.”
Interpol announced that its cybercrime unit has already identified nearly 3,000 pharmacist sites suspected of selling counterfeit and illegal drugs and medical equipment.
The newspaper concluded with what was expressed by the former head of the Drug Crime Unit, Allen Blanson, that there are irregular mediators who might buy these vaccines illegally. In order to sell it to whoever pays more, regardless of the necessities of storage or any other health precautions. “