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US, UK Update Joint Advisory To Hospitals, Medical Institutions To Warn Of Hackers Seeking To Obtain Intelligence On Health Care Policy, COVID-19 Research

  • May 07, 2020

NBC News (5/6, Ainsley) reports that “law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and the U.K. are citing an increase in ‘malicious cyber campaigns’ targeting hospitals, medical institutions and others involved in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.” According to what two US law enforcement officials told NBC News, “the increased amount of information hospitals are collecting on patients because of the pandemic, as well as any research that could lead to the development of a vaccine, is highly sought after by hackers working on behalf of foreign governments, including China’s.” The US Department of Homeland Security and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre “updated their joint April 8 warning to hospitals and other medical institutions” on Tuesday, “saying hackers ‘may seek to obtain intelligence on national and international health care policy or acquire sensitive data on COVID-19 related research.’”