Over the past few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused lots of discomfort and shifts in all industries and mainly in the way of working for many organizations. We have seen the shift and adoption of online and remote working. Unfortunately, many threat actors have started to abuse the panic and discomfort of the COVID-19 pandemic to conduct special crafted malware and phishing attacks worldwide.
Unidentified activists have posted close to 25,000 email addresses and passwords supposedly belonging to the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation and other groups working to combat the coronavirus pandemic, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.
It is unclear if these emails are true but Robert Potter, a cybersecurity expert from Australia confirmed the WHO emails and passwords are real and it was later confirmed by WHO.
WHO also sighted that scammers impersonating WHO in emails have also increasingly targeted the general public in order to direct donations to a fictitious fund and not the authentic COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The number of cyber attacks has now increased by over five times the number directed at the organization, in the same period in 2019.
In the wake of these attacks, the big guys in the technology industry, Google, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Reddit, and YouTube stated their intention in helping out with these attacks with a joint statement.
“We are working closely together on COVID-19 response efforts,” the joint statement reads. “We’re helping millions of people stay connected, while also jointly combatting fraud and misinformation about the virus, elevating authoritative content on our platforms, and sharing critical updates in coordination with government healthcare agencies around the world. We invite other companies to join us as we work to keep our communities healthy and safe.”
At this moment, everyone is at risk. From the small private businesses to the conglomerates and the individuals. How do you protect yourself and your business in this cyberwar we are caught in?
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