The World Health Organization has been under great pressure in the past two months, not only because of the COVID 19 outbreak, but also because of the constant attacks on the digital front.
The coronavirus pandemic is still ongoing in most countries around the world. This is the time when the World Health Organization (WHO) needs to focus as much as possible on fighting the virus. Unfortunately, this is a difficult thing as the organization is constantly bombarded with attacks from hackers and fraudsters.
The WHO is fighting on several fronts
The number of cyber attacks has increased significantly since mid-March. This was also confirmed by Bernardo Mariano, head of information. Mariano emphasized that the WHO itself was not hacked, but many of its officials were attacked.
In addition, hackers carried out phishing attacks on the company’s employees. Websites like 4chan and Twitter even shared some credentials that are said to belong to WHO employees.
However, Mariano confirms that this credential comes from previous violations. He said hackers “are looking for the highest targets – the key officials who are involved in the work of COVID-19.”
Mariano also noticed that
“The cybersecurity team has never been so busy, and we had to increase resources to protect ourselves and be vigilant.”
Of course, although the WHO is not yet infiltrated, there have been many attempts to do so. To date, the organization has received up to eight security warnings from various cyber security agencies. Before the pandemic, I hardly had one a month.
Hacker groups like DarkHotel have also had many activities in East Asia targeting countries like North Korea, Japan and China. Similar attacks also affected many other areas that were particularly hard hit by the corona virus, such as Wuhan itself, where the virus is said to come from.
Similar problems occurred in Singapore at the end of January. At that time, the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team issued a warning to warn Internet users of a scam targeting the country’s citizens. All that hackers needed was for unsuspecting users to open a malicious email with a coronavirus problem.
An evil tendency
Flavio Aggio, WHO’s Chief Information Security Officer, said the attacks were still unsuccessful, although the hackers’ identities were also unclear. The first major attack occurred on March 13, marked by Alexander Urbelis from the Blackstone Law Group. He only examined the suspicious activity to determine that it was an attack on WHO.
Some sources believe that the hacker group called DarkHotel is responsible for this. This group has been performing cyber espionage operations for at least 13 years.
The WHO then issued a warning stating that hackers could break their defenses. This could happen and the public could receive unusual news from WHO. When you do this, you should be aware of the possibility that hackers have been successful and are now looking for money and sensitive data.
There are also many fake corona virus-themed websites that are clearly malicious. According to Urbelis, bad actors climb them at incredible speed and throw around 2,000 a day.
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