News Local Cyprus among countries targeted in hacking, phishing related to Covid-19

Cyprus among countries targeted in hacking, phishing related to Covid-19

 

‘Hack-for-hire’ firms spoofing WHO have targeted business leaders in financial services, consulting and healthcare corporations in Cyprus and several other countries, according to Google’s Threat Analysis Group.

The lures encourage individuals to sign up for direct notifications from the WHO to stay informed of COVID-19 related announcements, and link to attacker-hosted websites that bear a strong resemblance to the official WHO website, it said.

The sites typically feature fake login pages that prompt potential victims to give up their Google account credentials, and occasionally encourage individuals to give up other personal information, such as their phone numbers, it added.

The Threat Analysis Group noted that government-backed or state-sponsored groups have different goals in carrying out their attacks: Some are looking to collect intelligence or steal intellectual property; others are targeting dissidents or activists, or attempting to engage in coordinated influence operations and disinformation campaigns.

Reuters reports that 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 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 centre 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.

Top Stories

Limassol Assize Court finds Sakkos guilty of drug-related cases

Limassol Assize Court on Thursday found Charalambos Sakkos guilty of two drug related cases which took place in February 2018. The first case regards the...

Biden presidency for Turkey would mean tougher U.S. stance

Days after Turkey took delivery of Russian missile defence systems in July 2019, top security officials in the Trump administration were in full agreement that Washington...

Another 60+ years until women get equal with men in EU

European women are at least 60 years away from winning equality with men and the pandemic could further slow progress, according to a report...

Member of the House of Parliament staff tested positive to COVID-19

A member of the House of Representatives on Thursday was tested positive to COVID-19. New House Speaker Adamos Adamou has been informed. All appropriate measures will...

Three people killed in Nice knife attack

A knife-wielding attacker shouting "Allahu Akbar" beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist attack at a church in the...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...