Hackers are targeting the COVID-19 response and putting lives at risk

The Hill

CHARLES FRACCHIA, STEPHANIE ROGERS AND MICHAEL STEBBINS

The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the health of citizens and the economy, which has already put much strain on national infrastructure and society. However, urgent national security vulnerabilities exist that we are not prepared for and that are undermining our ability to respond to pandemics. Recently the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team alerted the public that cyberattacks are happening to organizations involved in the COVID-19 response.

Unfortunately, the machines and infrastructure critical to diagnosing and treating patients with COVID-19 infections are extraordinarily vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. While these attacks confirm that this crisis is an opportunity for adversaries, we fear that they are...

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