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Cyber threats spike during coronavirus pandemic

March 31, 2020

Via: The Hill

Cyber threats to both the health care sector and average Americans have surged as hackers look to take advantage of the panic and chaos caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Major agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have been targeted by hackers in unsuccessful but ongoing attacks.

“There has been a big increase in targeting of the WHO and other cybersecurity incidents,” WHO chief information security officer Flavio Aggio told Reuters following an unsuccessful cyberattack this month. “There are no hard numbers, but such compromise attempts against us and the use of [WHO] impersonations to target others have more than doubled.”

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