Cybercrime leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic

Cybercriminals have leveraged the COVID-19 pandemic to stage various forms of cyberattacks, from ransomware takeovers of hospital systems to private network hacking. In a recent assessment, IBM cybersecurity analysts uncovered an email phishing scheme targeting global coronavirus vaccine supply chains. The tech giant urged cold-chain organizations to remain ‘vigilant.’ In this article at Security Intelligence, Claire Zaboeva and Melissa Frydrych share details of IBM Security X-Force’s report of phishing attacks. What Does the Assessment Say? According to the IBM report, the threat actor impersonated a business executive from Haier Biomedical, a member of the COVID-19 vaccine supply chain and qualified supplier for the CCEOP program. The report reveals that the cybercriminal strategically chose to impersonate Haier Biomedical because the organization is purported to be the world’s only complete cold-chain provider.…
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