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By Bruce Sussman
Tue | Mar 24, 2020 | 9:42 AM PDT

A cyber attorney who tracks malicious websites noticed something maddening was underway.

Hackers he monitored launched a website that mimicked the internal email system of the World Health Organization (WHO). And it was being used in a cyber attack against the WHO.

Reuters learned of this discovery and discussed it with the WHO's Chief Information Security Officer, Flavio Aggio:

When asked by Reuters about the incident, the WHO's Aggio confirmed that the site spotted by Urbelis had been used in an attempt to steal passwords from multiple agency staffers.

"There has been a big increase in targeting of the WHO and other cybersecurity incidents," Aggio said in a telephone interview. "There are no hard numbers, but such compromise attempts against us and the use of (WHO) impersonations to target others have more than doubled."

Can you imagine your life is so desperate—or depraved—that you are willing to attack a pandemic response organization like the WHO during the most urgent health crisis in decades?

Read more about this case in the Reuters story: Elite Hackers Target World Health Organization.

And for other low points created by the criminal hacking community, see the SecureWorld report: Coronavirus Cybercrimes: Are These the Lowest?

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