Given that cybersecurity crimes and hacking have seen a sharp surge amid Coronavirus pandemic, an international group of about 400 volunteers with cybersecurity expertise has been formed that aims to fight coronavirus related hacking.
As reported by Reuters, the international group is called ‘COVID-19 CTI League’ and focuses on cyber threat intelligence. It consists of over 40 countries including professionals in senior positions from major tech titans including Amazon and Microsoft. According to one of the managers of the group, Marc Rogers, a major priority for the group is to get rid of hacks that are being projected towards medical facilities and other frontliners.
Other priorities for the group include protecting communication networks and services that have become an indispensable part of everyone’s life in the current situation as millions of people all across the globe have resorted to work from home. It’s also focussing towards getting rid of different phishing attacks and related crimes.
One of the cybercrime campaigns has already been pulled apart by the group. This campaign made use of software vulnerability to spread malicious software. Other details haven’t been provided. Law enforcement has also been cooperating well with the group given that coronavirus related hacking has become a real concern.
It was recently reported that the Hammersmith Medicines Research (HMR), a British company that’s focusing on medical trials on any COVID-19 vaccine was attacked by the Maze ransomware group. There has also been a sharp increase in other hacking attacks. A report by cybersecurity firm, Check Point Research revealed that hackers are now selling their malware and other exploitation tools at a discounted rate on the dark web using coronavirus related discount codes such as “COVID-19” and “Coronavirus”. A malware was spotted by Shai Alfasi, security researcher at Reason Labs, who revealed that hackers are gaining access to personal user credentials stored on browsers with the help of fake Coronavirus maps