Elite Hackers Target WHO As Coronavirus Cyberattacks Spike

As reported by Reuters, elite hackers tried to break into the World Health Organization earlier this month, part of what a senior agency official said was a more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks. WHO Chief Information Security Officer Flavio Aggio said the identity of the hackers was unclear and the effort was unsuccessful. But he warned that hacking attempts against the agency and its partners have soared as they battle to contain the coronavirus, which has killed more than 15,000 worldwide.


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Terry Greer-King, VP EMEA ,  SonicWall
March 26, 2020
Organisations take a more complete approach to protecting their systems.
The cyberattacks targeting the World Health Organisation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic are part of a worrying, if unsurprising, trend. Cybercriminals act outside of the boundaries of morality, and will not stop to exploit weaknesses in IT systems. Even as the rest of the world is uniting to combat this threat, cybercriminals are changing their attack scope to maximise the damage that they can do. ....
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Jake Moore, Cybersecurity Specialist,  ESET
March 24, 2020
Large technology companies sharing technologies at a time like this will help protect lives.
Cybercriminals show no ethical boundaries and will continue to attack wherever there could be a vulnerability. What the cyber security industry needs to do now is come together and support each other. There is no better time to work collaboratively and share best practice. If the WHO are taken down, this pandemic could last longer than it needs to, so it is vital to help protect this organisation ....
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