US, Britain warn that hackers increasingly use coronavirus bait Apr 09, 2020 0 388 12345 AFPWASHINGTONUS and British cybersecurity agencies warned on Wednesday that foreign government-backed hacking groups are using coronavirus themes to ply their way into computers and networks.The groups are sending phishing emails and setting up websites with COVID-19 virus subjects, aiming to lure users to click on links that will expose their computers to penetration or introduce malware.Some use email and SMS subject lines like “2020 Coronavirus updates” or “Coronavirus outbreak in your city(Emergency)”, while others might offer an attached file with purported updates on national policies to deal with the pandemic, said an alert jointly issued by the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency and Britain’s national Cyber Security Center.“APT groups are using the COVID-19 pandemic as part of their cyber operations, they said, referring to the “Advanced Persistent Threat” designation that Western intelligence agencies use for hacking operations tied to governments in Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.“These cyber threat actors will often masquerade as trusted entities.... Their goals and targets are consistent with long-standing priorities such as espionage and “hack-and-leak” operations.” In addition, the two cybersecurity agencies said, “cybercriminals are using the pandemic for commercial gain, deploying a variety of ransomware and other malware.” They released 2,500 web addresses tied to the scams, warning that the situation is “fast-moving” so that the list is not exhaustive.They gave examples of an SMS sent to phones in announcing coronavirus payments to residents, and saying to click on a link that is then used to harvest personal and banking information.A number of phishing emails in multiple languages pretend to come from the World Health Organization.One sent to Italians purports to be from a senior WHO doctor and has an attached document detailing “precautions necessary to fight infection.” The attachment introduces a batch file onto the computer which opens the way for a bot to permeate the user’s computer system. RELATED ARTICLES Bernie Sanders ends his US presidential bid Apr 09, 2020 0 1563 US tops 400,000 COVID-19 cases as Trump threatens to cut WHO fundings Apr 09, 2020 0 511 UK reports new daily record of 938 COVID-19 deaths; PM remains in ICU Apr 09, 2020 0 1145 Sweden rejects Trump claims over ‘too soft’ virus strategy AFP STOCKHOLM SWEDEN on Wednesday rejected claims by US President Donald Trump that its approach to containing the coronavirus was too soft and that it was “suffering” more than others. Stockholm has not imposed .. Finland discovers masks bought from China not hospital-safe AFP HELSINKI TWO million protective masks purchased by Finland from China have turned out to be unsuitable for use in hospitals, the Finnish government admitted on Wednesday. On Tuesday Finland’s Health minister .. Poland confirms 5,000 cases of novel coronavirus WARSAW: The number of patients infected with the novel coronavirus in Poland reached the 5,000 mark, the country’s Health Ministry said on Wednesday. As of Wednesday morning, the country had recorded exactly 5,000 .. Italy’s daily death count falls under 600 as infections near 140,000 DPA ROME ITALY’S daily death toll from the novel coronavirus epidemic fell to 542 on Wednesday, while the total number of infections crept up to nearly 140,000. It was only the second time in nearly three weeks that the .. EU science chief resigns over coronavirus response BRUSSELS: The head of the European Research Council has resigned, the EU confirmed on Wednesday, reportedly in protest at the bloc’s handling of its coronavirus response. Mauro Ferrari, who only took over as president .. Spain plans gradual return to normal from end of April DPA MADRID SPAIN, which has been under a lockdown since March 15, could slowly see life return to normal by the end of the month, according to the government. Finance minister and government spokeswoman Maria Jesus .. UN chief calls for unity after Trump slams WHO NEW YORK: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said it was not the time to criticise the early response to the coronavirus pandemic, after US President Donald Trump attacked the World Health Organization. ..