Elite hackers tried to break into the World Health Organisation earlier this month as part of what a senior agency official said was a more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks.
WHO Chief Information Security Officer Flavio Aggio said the identity of the hackers was unclear and the effort was unsuccessful. But he warned that hacking attempts against the agency and its partners have soared as they battle to contain the coronavirus, which has killed more than 15,000 worldwide.
The attempted break-in at the WHO was first picked up around March 13, when a group of hackers activated a malicious site mimicking the WHO’s internal email system. The WHO’s Aggio confirmed that the site had been used in an attempt to steal passwords from multiple agency staffers.
“There has been a big increase in targeting of the WHO and other cybersecurity incidents,” Aggio said. “There are no hard numbers, but such compromise attempts against us and the use of (WHO) impersonations to target others have more than doubled.”
The WHO published an alert last month warning that hackers are posing as the agency to steal money and sensitive information from the public.