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BIO-ISAC Releases Advisory to Biomanufacturers

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Tardigrade: An APT attack on vaccine manufacturing infrastructure

Washington, November 22nd, the Bioeconomy ​​Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or BIO-ISAC, released an advisory regarding an advanced persistent threat (APT) attack named Tardigrade. BIO-ISAC is an international not-for-profit organization addressing security threats unique to the bioeconomy.

Earlier this year Charles Fracchia, VP of Data at Dotmatics and founder of BioBright was appointed to the BIO-ISAC Board of Directors and the Executive Board.

Regarding ‘Tardigrade’ Charles commented,
“This actor has been targeting the bioeconomy and biomanufacturing sector using tools of unprecedented sophistication and stealth to the field.

The briefing is intended to provide context and technical detail to help uncover whether this attacker is present in your environment and help defend yourself against them.”

Ed Chung, Chief Medical Officer, BioBright adds, “The bioeconomy, which is growing in both political scale and geopolitical influence, represents a very favorable attack target for malicious actors”

Callie Churchwell, Senior Digital Biosecurity Analyst, BioBright comments, “We’ve reclassified this as a metamorphic malware.”

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Read about the Bio-ISAC advisory in the following press articles

Tardigrade Malware Targets Biomanufacturing Operations

The non-profit Bioeconomy ​​Information Sharing and Analysis Center (BIO-ISAC) released a disturbing advisory yesterday regarding an advanced, actively spreading persistent threat (APT) to bio-drug and vaccine manufacturers with a type of Windows malware it calls Tardigrade. 

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A mysterious and highly sophisticated hacking tool has been found attacking biomanufacturing companies. 

It’s raising alarms about cyber vulnerabilities in the sector that includes producers of coronavirus vaccines and treatments.

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HILLICON VALLEY — FEDS ISSUE THANKSGIVING CYBERSECURITY WARNING

Large biomanufacturing companies, including those that produce medications and vaccines tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, are being targeted by hackers potentially tied to Russia, researchers disclosed Monday.

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Devious ‘Tardigrade’ Malware Hits Biomanufacturing Facilities

The surprisingly sophisticated attack is “actively spreading” throughout the industry.

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Earlier in 2021 Charles Fracchia contributed to ‘Biologia et Machina: Cyberbiosecurity for Today’s Hybrid Evolution‘, a virtual meeting premiered by the USA Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense https://www.dotmatics.com/news/2021-06-24/cyberbiosecurity-bipartisan-commission-on-biodefense-meeting

 

About BIO-ISAC

The Bioeconomy Information Sharing and Analysis Center (BIO-ISAC), is a critical resource for cyber threat detection, prevention, protection, response, recovery and resilience for the nation, addressing threats unique to the bioeconomy and enabling coordination among stakeholders to facilitate a robust and secure industry. The BIO-ISAC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit member organization (pending), formally chartered in 2021. For more information visit isac.bio.