Expert Comments On State-Backed Hackers Targeting Coronavirus Workers, UK And US Warn

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | May 06, 2020 04:18 am PST

It has been reported that a joint warning from UK and US agencies says government-backed hackers are attacking healthcare and research institutions in an effort to steal valuable information about efforts to contain the new coronavirus outbreak.

Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) said the hackers had targeted pharmaceutical companies, research organizations and local governments. The NCSC and CISA did not say which countries were responsible for the attacks. But one U.S. official and one UK official said the warning was in response to intrusion attempts by suspected Chinese and Iranian hackers, as well as some Russian-linked activity.