The WHO had yesterday released a statement concerning cyberattacks towards its employees and public as a whole. The organization mentioned that the number of cyberattacks against its employees and e-mail frauds against the public has drastically increased the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.
This week alone, about 450 WHO email addresses and passwords were leaked. Also, email information of thousands of other people who studied the new virus were leaked. According to WHO, due to the obsolesce of the the leaked data, the WHO system was risk-free. However, the cyberattack affected a longer-term external network system. And WHO is migrating the affected system to a more secure verification system.
More so, scammers posing as WHO employees targeting the public are now on the higher side, trying to divert donations from the real “Unity Response Fund” to fake funds.
Compared to last year, the number of cyberattacks against WHO is now five times what we had. WHO will build stronger internal systems and strengthen security measures, and educate employees on cybersecurity risks.
“Ensuring the security of health information for the Member States and the privacy of users interacting with us a priority for WHO at all times, but also particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for the alerts we receive from the Member States and the private sector. We are all in this fight together,” said Bernardo Mariano, WHO’s Chief Information Officer.
Also, the WHO admonished the public to remain vigilant against fraudulent emails. The organization recommends the use of reliable sources to obtain factual information about COVID-19 and other health issues.