The European Union’s drug regulator claimed that COVID-19 vaccine documents stolen, leaked and manipulated by hackers in a cyber-attack. The European Medicines Agency had said that the investigation showed that emails and documents were hacked related to the evaluation of experimental coronavirus vaccines. Italian cybersecurity firm Yarix has found the 33-megabyte leak was done to damage the reputation and credibility of EMA and Pfizer on the dark web.
IBM, as per media reports, would be laying off around 10,000 jobs in Europe as the tech giant makes a broad shift in strategy. Last month the tech giant announced that the organisation will be spinning out its infrastructure services business next year. IBM spokesperson, however, did not confirm the layoffs but suggested broad structural changes ahead as it concentrates fully on a hybrid cloud approach. IBM in May confirmed layoffs but didn’t disclose numbers.
Vienna-based digital rights group NOYB has filed complaints against Apple over its use of software to track the behaviour of iPhone users. The complaint includes tracking data without users’ consent, violating the European Union’s electronic privacy rules. The group has also requested to data protection authorities to examine the legality of Apple’s tracking codes. The codes are similar to website cookies to store user behaviour information. Apple denied commenting.
Tech companies could face banned from EU marketing for violating EU regulations, said Europe’s Industry chief Thierry Breton. With the new Digital Services Act and the Digital Market Act, the online companies need to follow a set of dos and don’ts, forcing them to share their data with rivals and regulators and not to promote their services and products unethically. The new rule is a response to criticism received by US tech giant Google.
The European Union has drafted rules to force tech giants including Amazon, Google to share the data they collect with small business rivals. Firms won’t be permitted to use the data collected for their own commercial activities, if they refrain from sharing it. EU would announce by the end of this year tough new rules under this new ‘Digital Services Act’ to increase social media firms’ responsibilities and liabilities for the content on their platforms.
Travel and Financial sanctions on Russia’s military intelligence department were imposed due to suspected involvement in two cyberattacks in June 2017, which resulted in large financial losses to several European firms. North Korean firm Chosun Expo was banned for having supported cybercriminal group Lazarus. Chinese firm Haitai Technology was barred for having supported ‘Operation Cloud Hopper’ that was aimed at stealing global firms’ sensitive data.