House com­mit­tee wants to know a lot more about the cy­ber­at­tack that dam­aged Mer­ck

Up to now, Mer­ck has been re­luc­tant to go in­to much de­tail re­gard­ing just how dam­ag­ing a re­cent cy­ber­at­tack has been to op­er­a­tions. Now, though, it’s go­ing to have to as the House Com­mit­tee on En­er­gy and Com­merce has raised the mat­ter to an is­sue in­volv­ing na­tion­al se­cu­ri­ty.

Mer­ck has ac­knowl­edged that the at­tack on June 27 roiled its man­u­fac­tur­ing, sales and R&D ops. Drug and vac­cine man­u­fac­tur­ing was crimped weeks af­ter the at­tack and Mer­ck con­ced­ed that it would ham­per an­nu­al rev­enue as the com­pa­ny con­tin­ued to scram­ble to re­pair the crip­pling af­ter­ef­fects.

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