Counting the cost of cyber-attacks in the pandemic era

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.

Copyright Lyonsdown Limited 2020

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