Foreign hackers are targeting more US government agencies, report says
Hacking: the counterintelligence tool of choice.The strategic plan lists Russia, China, Iran and North Korea as major adversaries targeting the US with hacking, as well as Cuba and several non-state actors like Hezbollah, ISIS and Al Qaeda. Entities that hack or leak information for political purposes are also cited as threats in the report, in addition to "public disclosure organizations.
Hackers are using the coronavirus pandemic to target internet users, according to a warning Wednesday from two cybersecurity agencies. The UK's National Cyber Security Centre and the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency put out a joint statement saying the pandemic is an attractive tool for cybercriminals and state-sponsored hackers, who can use the fears and anxieties caused by COVID-19 to trick people.
Hackers are using coronavirus fears and anxiety to target internet users, government agencies from the UK and US said Wednesday.
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The leaders of eight federal agencies on Monday jointly urged the public to be vigilant of foreign influence operations around the presidential primaries ahead of Super Tuesday, also emphasizing that the federal government's coordination in defending against threats to elections.In a statement released Monday, the Trump administration officials - who included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General William Barr, and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf - noted that they "continue to work with all 50 states, U.S. territories, local officials, political parties and private sector partners to keep elections free from foreign interference.
"An increasing number of malicious cyber actors are exploiting the current COVID-19 pandemic for their own objectives," the agencies said in a joint statement.
That's not to say that hackers are hacking more. Some cybersecurity companies have said they've seen an increase in overall hacking activity, but the two agencies, as well as Microsoft, said Wednesday that levels of hacking have stayed the same. What's changed is the way hackers are targeting internet users.
"They know many are clicking without looking because stress levels are high and they're taking advantage of that," Rob Lefferts, corporate vice president for Microsoft 365 Security, said in a blog post.
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The advisory contains a list of more than 2,500 data points from coronavirus-related hacking threats. The information is meant to help people defending computer systems find signs of hackers trying to break into systems. The agencies said the list is "non-exhaustive," and noted that the pandemic is changing quickly, and so could the way hackers try to use it to their advantage.
Fraud experts have warned that for people at home now, hacking isn't the only thing to worry about. There are also scams that'll try to take people's money in exchange for information, cures or masks and other forms of protection that turn out to be bogus. Everyone is well served by taking a moment and remembering that criminals could be trying to take advantage of regular people during this disruptive world event.
The hacking threats come at a time when more people are working from home as part of stay-at-home orders meant to slow the spread of the virus. That means personal devices and systems linked to businesses both might be more vulnerable, the agencies said. In an advisory, the agencies provided resources on how individuals and companies can protect themselves from these attacks, including how to spot suspicious email attachments, phishing emails, scams and ransomware attacks.
FBI sees cybercrime reports increase fourfold during COVID-19 outbreak
Instances of cybercrime appear to have jumped by as much as 300 percent since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the FBI. The bureau’s Internet Crime Complain Center (IC3) said last week that it’s now receiving between 3,000 and 4,000 cybersecurity complaints every day, up from the average 1,000 complaints per day the center saw before COVID-19 took hold. While much of this jump can be attributed to America’s daily activities increasingly moving online — newly remote workers unaware of basic security measures or companies struggling to keep externally-accessed systems secure, for example — the FBI says a lot of the increased cybercrime is coming from
Our new reality as coronavirus sends the world online
As people around the world stay home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, activities from school to work meetings, socializing, exercising, praying, lifecycle events and more are now taking place online. Click through our gallery for international scenes of a world gone online (way more than usual). Here, teacher Yekaterina Metelskaya leads an online lesson for first-graders in Minsk, Belarus, on March 24.
Parish vicar Patrick Staub conducts a service at an empty Catholic church in Winterbach, Germany, on March 22. Due to the spread of the coronavirus, worshippers can't attend church in person, but they can watch services streamed on YouTube.
Because the Austrian government has temporarily banned all gatherings of more than five people as a measure to slow the spread of coronavirus, undertakers are offering livestreamed services for means for mourners. Here, on March 24, employees of Bestattung Himmelblau in Vienna rehearse livestreaming of an upcoming funeral.
Brazilian senators vote remotely on March 20 on the decision to declare a state of calamity during the coronavirus outbreak. The vote marked the first time in 196 years of existence that the Senate used the remote system. Davi Alcolumbre, president of the Brazilian Senate, recently tested positive for the coronavirus.
A huge video screen shows members of the Lower House of Congress in the Philippines participating in a special session via video conference on March 23. At the session, they discussed a proposed emergency power to be given to President Rodrigo Duterte to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 16, Duterte ordered about half the country's population to stay home for the next month in a drastic bid to curb the rising number of new coronavirus cases.
Jennifer Buller, principal of Boston's K-8 Coolidge Corner School, reads a nightly bedtime story to her students via video conference on March 19. The sessions have been packed as the school seeks ways to alleviate the social isolation many are feeling as the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis deepens. Buller allows a little time before and after the story so students can see their friends and say hi.