Drugmaker Bayer blames Chinese government-backed group for cyberattack
German pharmaceutical giant Bayer AG says that Chinese state-backed hackers have tried to breach the firm’s network for over a year since the beginning of 2018. While the company detected the intrusion in early 2018, it decided not to shut it down, but instead to put safeguards in place and monitor the malicious activity in order to find out more about the attackers.
According to Bayer, the threat actors used a type of “Winnti” malware that has been linked to a Chinese hacking group known as Wicked Panda, which has been connected to Chinese intelligence. Bayer claims that no data has been stolen.