Miltenyi Biotec, a biomedical research firm helping COVID-19 vaccine makers was hit by ransomware last month. This was revealed by the company as it now claims to have restored all of its systems.

While it didn’t mention the name of the malware it was attacked by, the Mount Locker group claims to have stolen the data and even leaked 1GB worth of files already.

Mount Locker Ransomware Hits Miltenyi Biotec

Miltenyi Biotec
Miltenyi Biotec

While we’ve seen several ransomware groups promised to skip medical facilities in these critical times, some are actively doing so.

Hospitals in New Jersey and Germany were earlier hit intentionally and accidentally, causing havoc to the patients with some dying even. Now, a biomedical research firm named Miltenyi Biotec has the same fate.

Miltenyi Biotec deals with cell research and therapy products for clinicians and also helping researchers working on COVID-19 vaccines.

The group’s also been supplying SARS-CoV-2 antigens to researchers working on a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. With a network of 2,500 employees in 28 countries, it revealed that it’s global IT was hit last month.

The malware attack, as it described, has impacted parts of its global IT infrastructure. Yet, it assured that the attack was quickly addressed by taking measures, and recovered all affected systems within a span of two weeks. Further, it claims to have “no indication that the malware has been inadvertently distributed to customers or partners.

While it claimed to have restored all the systems now, some of its telephone and email systems are facing issues, as per BleepingComputer. Further, an important thing here is not just about the affected systems, but any data leak. While Miltenyi Biotec didn’t talk about any data leak in its notice, a Mount Locker group claims to have stolen some files from it.

Mount Locker ransomware group, though didn’t mention by Miltenyi Biotec in its notice, proclaims to be the one behind this attack.

It’s strong since it has already leaked 1GB worth of Miltenyi files already in its leak site, with 149GB more to have. The group has earlier leaked files of another firm in its leak site, after station its operations since July this year.


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