Mon. Dec 4th, 2023

The global spread of Coronavirus has quickly overwhelmed health care services in many countries across the world.

As the old saying goes, there is strength in numbers, and one way that nations have been working together is through the World Health Organisation (WHO).

You would think that at a time like this, cybercrime might drop, or at least cease to be as great a problem, but you’d be wrong.

The press has reported on hospitals being attacked, the WHO has experience a huge uplift in the number of cyber attacks against it, and within 24 hours of the British Government sending out text messages to warn people to remain indoors, phishing texts purporting to be from the government are being sent out, trying to encourage people to divulge their personal information.

Launching attacks on services like these is abhorrent at the best of times, but it is easy to see the attackers’ logic: hospitals swamped with desperately ill patients are more likely to pay up any ransom if lives are immediately endangered by the attacks.

As always, the best option is to keep all your software up to date, do not respond to emails or texts requesting information, and steer clear of downloading anything unless it is from a trusted source.