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Hackers Steal Personal Information From Pharma Giant Cencora

Pharmaceutical solutions provider Cencora discloses a cyberattack that resulted in personal information being stolen from its systems.

Global pharmaceutical solutions provider Cencora on Tuesday disclosed a cyberattack that resulted in personal information being stolen from its systems.

The data breach was identified on February 21, Cencora said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It’s unclear exactly what type of data has been exfiltrated and who it belongs to, whether it’s employees or customers. 

The company said it has taken steps to contain the incident and an investigation has been launched with the assistance of law enforcement and external cybersecurity experts, but provided no further details. 

Organizations in the healthcare sector, particularly ones that don’t directly provide medical services, are often targeted in ransomware attacks, but no known ransomware group appears to have taken credit for the Cencora breach at the time of writing.

“As of the date of this filing, the incident has not had a material impact on the Company’s operations, and its information systems continue to be operational,” the company said. “The Company has not yet determined whether the incident is reasonably likely to materially impact the Company’s financial condition or results of operations.”

This part of the company’s statement likely comes in response to the SEC’s recently implemented rules, which require public companies to disclose cybersecurity incidents that have a material impact within four days. 

Cencora, until recently known as AmerisourceBergen, is a healthcare provider whose solutions are used by manufacturers, providers and pharmacies to improve product access and supply chain efficiency. 

The company has more than 46,000 employees and is ranked #11 on the Fortune 500 and #24 on the Global Fortune 500, with over $230 billion in annual revenue. This likely makes it a tempting target for profit-driven cybercriminals.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a managing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.


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