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Roche confirms cyber-attack from Winnti malware

July 25, 2019 / European Pharmaceutical Review

Roche has confirmed that it experienced a cyber-attack, after being named in a German public radio report. The cyber-attack used malware known as Winnti and, according to experts, the hackers are tied to the Chinese government. Bayer was also targeted by Winnti attacks last year. The company has stated that no sensitive information has been lost.” Roche has been targeted by various attackers in the past, including the group known as Winnti. These attacks were detected and remediated,” a company spokesperson said. “Roche hasn’t lost any sensitive personal data of our employees, patients, customers or business partners.” The company has said that it works with authorities in the US, Europe and Switzerland to combat cyber-security threats. It also shares information with other companies about ‘ongoing threats’. Bayer has confirmed that there was no evidence sensitive data had been tapped in its attack earlier this year.