Elite hackers broke out into the World Health Organization earlier this month, and news services said that a part of a senior agency official was found inflated in the case of cyber-attacks and other cyber frauds.
WHO Chief Information Security Officer Flavio Aggio said regarding the identity of the hackers that it was unclear and the effort was not successful, but he also warned that hacking attempts against the agency and its partners have increased as they battle was against the coronavirus, which has killed more than 15,000 globally.
The attempt of the break-in at the WHO was first faded and bought into notice to the source by Alexander Urbelis, who is a cyber-security expert and attorney with the New York-based Blackstone Law Group, which tracks down the suspicious internet domain registration activity.
Urbelis said he picked up on the activity in the mid of March when a group of hackers had been following activated a malicious site mimicking the WHO’s internal email system, which was claimed as malpractice and cyber-crime. Mr.Alexander also said that he rapidly realized that this was a live attack on the World Health Organization in the middle of the pandemic.
Mr.Alexander Urbelis also claimed that he didn’t know who was indeed responsible for the incident, but two other uncommon sources instructed on the crisis, which said that they expected for an advanced group of hackers known as DarkHotel, which had been conducting cyber-espionage operations since 13 years.
Messages sent to the email addresses of hackers were not returned and left unresponded.
When asked by news services about the occurrence, the WHO confirmed that the site spotted by Mr.Alexander had been used in an attempt to steal passwords from multiple agency staff.
“There is great inflation in targeting the WHO and other cybersecurity incidents and crimes,” WHO said in a telephonic interview. “There are no huge losses as of now, but such attempts against the community and the use of (WHO) impersonations and personal data of WHO leads to the crossing of communal guidelines. However, the World Health Organization warned the hackers, despite which the incident has taken place.
And government officials in the United States, Britain, and other parts of the world have issued cybersecurity warnings about the dangers of a new remote workforce as people are departing to their homes to work and study because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cybersecurity firms, including Romania’s Bitdefender and Moscow-based Kaspersky, said they had tracked many of DarkHotel’s hacker’s operations to East Asia, which is an area that has been particularly affected by the coronavirus. Specific targets have included government employees and business executives in countries such as China, North Korea, Japan, and the United States.
Costin Raiu, The head of Global research and analysis at Kaspersky, did not confirm that DarkHotel hackers were actually responsible for the attack on the websites of WHO, but said the same malicious, illegal web infrastructure had made an attempt for the crime against the other healthcare and humanitarian organizations in recent weeks. Costin also noted that “At times like this, any information about cures or tests or vaccines relating to coronavirus would be priceless and the priority of any intelligence organization of an affected country,”
Officials and cyber-security experts have already warned that hackers are seeking to gain the advantage of international concern over the spread of the demonic virus.
Mr.Alexander Urbelis said that he found this incident to be unusual and did not expect an immediate attack on the web infrastructure of WHO.