Cyberattack Targets U.S. Health Agency During the Outbreak of COVID-19

Cyber Security Risks Related to the Novel Coronavirus - COVID 19

The computer system of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) came under cyberattack last Saturday. Some people who know the incident called it “destruction and false propaganda activities”. The purpose was to interfere with the United States’ response to the Coronavirus, and the cyberattack may be from a foreign country. Despite a suspected attack by a foreign country, the government had not yet identified which country it was.

The people who are familiar with the matter said that the attack was intended to slow down HHS computers but did not have any significant impact. On Sunday night, the US National Security Council tweeted that rumors of text messages about national segregation were false and there was no state blockade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has and will continue to issue updated guidelines on Coronavirus. This tweet is claimed to be related to hacking and posting misinformation.

National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot said in a statement that they are aware of a cyber incident related to HHS ‘computer networks and the federal government is conducting a thorough investigation of this incident. HHS and federal government networks Security professionals are continuously monitoring and taking appropriate measures to protect our federal network. He said that HHS and federal networks are currently functioning.

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