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Thursday, 30 July 2020 10:19

California pharmaceutical firm hit by DopplePaymer ransomware

California pharmaceutical firm hit by DopplePaymer ransomware Image by mcmurryjulie from Pixabay

California-based Amphastar Pharmaceuticals has joined the army of companies hit by ransomware, with the firm appearing to have suffered an attack by cyber criminals who have used the DopplePaymer ransomware that attacks Windows systems.

The publicly listed company had revenue of US$322.4 million (A$449 million) for the financial year 2019.

The 24-year-old specialty pharmaceutical firm says it uses state-of-the-art, cGMP-compliant facilities to develop, manufacture, and market injectable, intra-nasal and inhalation products.

Amphastar has its headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga and also has five manufacturing facilities located in the US, China and Europe apart from a state-of-the-art New Drug Research Centre.

It produces more than 20 commercial products and is also working on developing a portfolio of generic and branded products that target large markets with high technical barriers to entry.


A screenshot of the list of files stolen from Amphastar.

"Amphastar’s long-standing relationship with the major group purchasing organisations, retailers and drug wholesalers in the US enables it to establish significant market share upon the introduction of its new products," it says on its website.

The criminals who staged the attack have apparently not had a positive response to their ransom demand.

Thus, they have released a list of files stolen from the business and also a list of the computers used by Amphastar, all of which run either Windows Server or Windows XP Professional.

iTWire has contacted the company for comment.


A screenshot of the list of computers at Amphastar.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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