Now More Than Ever, the Cybersecurity Community Needs to Be Vigilant

Dealing with a new wave of cyberthreats and risks during a global health crisis presents complex challenges. The number of employees working in remote environments using unfamiliar technologies and networks has grown exponentially in recent weeks as a side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. And attackers are actively targeting and exploiting these new vulnerabilities to inflict damage on people, businesses, organizations, and nations. Recent headlines illustrate a sudden increase of cyber-attacks and new risks across the globe:

REUTERSElite Hackers Target WHO as Coronavirus Cyberattacks Spike

“There has been a big increase in targeting of the WHO and other cybersecurity incidents. There are no hard numbers,but such compromise attempts against us and the use of (WHO) impersonations to target others have more than doubled.” WHO Chief Information- Security Officer Flavio Aggio

TECHCRUNCH – Microsoft Says Hackers are Attacking Windows Users with a New Unpatched Bug

Microsoft says attackers are exploiting a previously undisclosed security vulnerability found in all supported versions of Windows, including Windows 10.

FBI- Kwampirs Malware Targets Healthcare Sector

The FBI has released a private industry notification for the Kwampirs malware. Kwampirs, also known as “Orangeworm,” has been used to target different industries in the past, and according to this latest update, is now also being used to target the healthcare sector. Likely the work of nation state linked attackers, Kwampirs uses the software supply chain to spread.

US DEPT OF JUSTICECriminals Actively Exploiting COVID-19 To Commit Fraud And Theft

The FBI has issued a warning of an increase in COVID-19-related fraud schemes. The announcement urges people to be alert to phony messages from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), phishing emails and offers of phony COVID-19 treatment.

SC MAGAZINESpyware Disguised as COVID-19 Tracker App Actually Keeps Track of Users

Hackers have weaponized a legitimate COVID-19 tracking map to deliver spyware. Known as SpyMax, the malware can exfiltrate logs for texts and phone calls, and allows the attackers to activate microphones and cameras.

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