covid-19 cyberattack

Related to COVID network threats

Does the coronavirus have a negative impact on the state of global cybersecurity?

Unfortunately, yes.

In the past few hours, a series of cyber attacks have taken place at the Italian pharmaceutical company IRBM, which produces a vaccine studied by Oxford University. In total, there have been at least seven attacks, defined by CEO Pietro di Lorenzo as “very violent.”

The timing suggests that this motive has a “political” motive that undermines the status of cheap and easily transportable vaccines: the attack occurred hours after the announcement of the vaccine sales price.

Worrying trend

But this is not an isolated case.

In recent days, we have received news from South Korean intelligence that North Korea is attempting to invade the computer system of a company engaged in vaccine development.

The US giant Microsoft (Microsoft) reported a similar intrusion attempt by Russia using hackers to disrupt the networks of seven pharmaceutical companies and organizations engaged in vaccine research in the United States, Canada, France and India.

A cyber intelligence company revealed that from February to March, coronavirus-related cyber threats increased by 600%.

We hear that potentially catastrophic new cyber attacks may only be a matter of time.

Covid and telecommuting: what are the risks?

How does the coronavirus make us more network vulnerable at work?

Cybersecurity for COVID is not limited to large institutions: individuals are also at risk.

The large number of people working from home greatly increases the “attack surface” available to hackers. In fact, the more devices connected to the network, the greater its attack surface, making penetration much easier.

Before the pandemic, employees working remotely usually received special laptops with enhanced security. But now hundreds of millions of people use personal laptops to access work files in insecure home Internet connections. For hackers, this is a dream come true, because now they only need to penetrate through one access point and control the entire network.

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in conclusion

Having said that, what changes do we see?

We are entering the Internet age: our health and life will increasingly revolve around digital technology.

In the health sector, cyber security will be fundamental: the collection and distribution of vaccines can be automated. These investments and intellectual property rights need to be properly protected and guaranteed

In short, cyber threats related to COVID are not exempt from any risks: individuals, strategic companies, and institutions.

Protecting the stakeholders of all departments and individuals from cyber threats is our goal.