Left Menu
Development News Edition

Google sees resurgence in state-backed hacking, phishing related to COVID-19

Reuters | Washington DC | Updated: 28-05-2020 10:02 IST | Created: 28-05-2020 08:41 IST
Google sees resurgence in state-backed hacking, phishing related to COVID-19
Representative Image Image Credit: ANI

Security experts at Alphabet Inc's Google sent 1,755 warnings in April to users whose accounts were targets of government-backed attackers, following a resurgence in hacking and phishing attempts related to the coronavirus outbreak. Google said on Wednesday its Threat Analysis Group saw new activity from "hack-for-hire" firms, many based in India, that have been creating Gmail accounts spoofing the World Health Organization (WHO).

These accounts largely targeted business leaders in financial services, consulting, and healthcare corporations in numerous countries including the United States, Slovenia, Canada, India, Bahrain, Cyprus, and the UK, the company said in a blog post. Google said it continued to see attacks from hackers on medical and healthcare professionals, including WHO employees.

WHO and other organizations, at the center of a global effort to contain the coronavirus, have come under a sustained digital bombardment by hackers seeking information about the outbreak. "Since March, we've removed more than a thousand YouTube channels that we believe to be part of a large campaign and that were behaving in a coordinated manner", the blog post added.


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Why COVID-19 is unstoppable in USA despite it being ranked at the top of GHS Index?

Several worst-hit countries such as Italy, France, Spain, the UK, Canada, and Russia have peaked COVID-19 cases in April. Almost all of them have gradually flattened the curve. However, the USA is setting new daily records of infections tha...

COVID-19 seems cooking biggest ever global scam

The increasing number of corruption cases on COVID-19 funds from throughout the world and involvement of high profile persons indicate that the countries cant ignore corruption in their pandemic response programs. This has generated the nee...

Health Management Information Systems lack holistic, integrated, and pandemic resilient character

Being a part of the United Nations system, the World Health Organization WHO deserves its share of rebuke for its alleged failure issue COVID-19 health emergency alerts on appropriate time. However, the pandemic has also exposed loopholes i...

Pride in the time of coronavirus: a welcome move online?

This year is different in many ways not least as celebrations are also taking place against the dramatic backdrop of a global health crisis and a resurgence in grassroots activism following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. ...

Videos

Latest News

We stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter movement: CSA

Cricket South Africa CSA acting CEO Jacques Faul said his board stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter BLM movement, adding that the organisation will use its platform to educate on all forms of discrimination. In a media statem...

Indonesia reports 1,611 new coronavirus infections

Indonesia on Friday reported 1,611 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total count to 72,347, its health ministry said.Deaths related to COVID-19 rose by 52 on Friday, taking fatalities to 3,469, ministry official Achmad Yurianto told a tel...

Gangster Vikas Dubey killed in encounter in UP: Police

Gangster Vikas Dubey was shot dead Friday by police, who claim he was trying to flee after the car carrying him from Ujjain overturned on the outskirts of the city. The SUV met with an accident at Bhaunti in Kanpur district, toppling on an ...

Tamil Nadu CM, Central team holds COVID-19 review meeting

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami held a meeting with a Central government team, led by Additional Secretary Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry Arti Ahuja, here on Friday to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the state. ...

Give Feedback