Counting the cost of cyber-attacks in the pandemic era

As the threat posed to our health posed by COVID-19 increased, so did the number of cyber-attacks targeting notable organisations all over the world. Just a month after the world went into lockdown, the WHO reported a five-fold increase in cyber-attacks, warning the public to be beware of fraudulent emails seeking to capitalise on uncertainty.

Uncertainty usually represents a golden opportunity for cyber-attackers, and it’s clear from the past few months that a global health catastrophe is no different. Rather than scaling back their operations, criminals have actively increased their efforts to maximise profits during the crisis, showing their mindset remains unchanged.