Hackers Taking Advantage of COVID-19

 Friday, March 20, 2020

Many hospitals across the U.S. are seeing “active attacks” from hackers trying to take advantage of the COVID-19 outbreak. Many attacks present themselves in the form of an email pretending to be from the CDC or that include links to a COVID-19 tracking map that later steals usernames, passwords, and credit card numbers from a user’s browser.

According to an article in Modern Healthcare, hospital staff should be kept up-to-date on types of emerging email scams, even though many cybersecurity tips will remain the same as before the COVID-19 outbreak: look closely at the email address the message is sent from and be cautious about clicking links and attachments. Hospitals should also consider the security of employees’ personal devices and home Wi-Fi networks as more employees begin to work from home.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released an alert this week with considerations workplaces should take when allowing employees to work from home. In addition, the American Hospital Association has compiled a helpful list of cyber bulletins and threat information to help protect hospitals as they care for patients and their communities.


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