By Joseph Marks
A nurse works on a computer inside the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for
Czech officials didn’t name the suspected
The attacks should be a warning sign for the United States that global hacking conflicts have not only continued even as the public health crisis rages – but have become even more dangerous as they threaten to disrupt medical care and cost patients’ lives.
“Unfortunately, nation-states see opportunities in the pandemic and they’re going to take advantage of them,” said Chris Painter, a former top
The stakes are high: A
“It’s a dangerous game when you’re talking about this sort of critical infrastructure,” he said of the Czech targets.
Nation-backed hackers are also trying to steal information from companies that are researching
That's according to FBI Deputy Assistant Director Tonya Ugoretz. She didn’t name the nation responsible for those attacks during an online panel discussion hosted by the Aspen Institute, though U.S.
Hacking by criminal gangs has also continued unchecked, though few thought criminals might temper their actions out of global health concerns.
The attacks come despite world leaders’ calls for a cease-fire during the pandemic. United Nations Secretary General António Guterres called in March for a global cease-fire to all conflicts. Fabrizio Hochschild, a special adviser to Guterres on digital cooperation issues urged a halt specifically to global
“That’s a good statement
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to the Czech warning by pledging serious consequences for any nation that launched such an attack. He also called on other nations “not to turn a blind eye to
The U.S.— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 18, 2020
haszero tolerance for malicious cyber activity. Such actions will have stark consequences. https://t.co/GWbMTGq8j1
Malicious cyber activity on critical— Embassy of Lithuania (@LTembassyUS) April 18, 2020
infrastrucure, especially on the health system inthe time of #COVID-19 pandemic, is unacceptable and must bear consequences. #Hybrid threats are as real as military ones. We express our #solidarity with the #Czech Republic. https://t.co/zOMXylhSBR
#Latvia condemns cyber attacks against Czech health— Edgars Rinkēvičs (@edgarsrinkevics) April 18, 2020
infrastucture, this is more outrageous because of #Covid_19 pandemic, we express our support & solidarity with our Czech friends & allies, #NATO & #EU must take such actions seriously & respond appropriately @TPetricek @CzechMFA
“When and if this happens, there has to be follow-through, making sure we’re sending a clear signal that this is unacceptable and there are going to be consequences,” he said. “Had we been stronger earlier at imposing consequences when bad things happened (in cyberspace) we might be able to reach an understanding with (adversary) countries now. But there’s no forum to do that.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.)
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Employees work on a mobile phone assembly line at a Huawei Technologies Co.
The lack of oversight allowed Chinese companies that “present an unacceptable amount of risk” to obtain U.S.
The regulators, called “Team Telecom,” have already moved to overhaul their oversight in recent months. They recently recommended revoking the ability of China's largest landline provider, China Telecom, to operate in the United States, my colleague Ellen Nakashima reported.
A more aggressive approach from the United States could cause retaliation from Beijing, American carriers warned the Senate panel. But intelligence officials say the benefits outweigh the costs.
“The time for
A Denver Police Department officer wears latex gloves and a face mask.
The average number of
- Malware-laced emails posing as information about pandemic stimulus efforts
- Phony stimulus-related domains to con users into giving up their personal information.
send emails posing as
missedmeeting alerts or telling users they need to reset their passwords to steal their log-in information.
- Some emails also come laced with information-stealing malware.
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