An American touting conspiracy theories about the spread of the coronavirus was the likely source of an incident in which nearly 25,000 credentials from the World Health Organization, the Gates Foundation and other institutions fighting the pandemic were posted to the Internet last week, new research concludes.
For decades, China has waged an espionage war with the United States, exploiting America’s comparatively open society and free-market economy to steal critical information, trade secrets and technology tools.
The so-called Electric Panda group is not new — it seems to have been operating since at least 2016, according to one of the indicators listed by DCSA. And Karim Hijazi, CEO of cyber firm Prevailion, told Politico he found two malware types associated with the group’s activity — one of which, Fireball, is definitively Chinese in origin — that were referenced as early as 2017 by the cyber firms Checkpoint and Unit 42.
Criminal, political, and strategic factors are combining to create a perfect storm of cyber infections that target the global supply chain.
EXCLUSIVE: Since the coronavirus pandemic began sweeping across the globe, the World Health Organization (WHO) has become the target of an array of cybersecurity attacks – but recent efforts to hack into the system have some cybersecurity experts especially concerned.