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COVID-19 Update: Cyberthreat to Governments Around the World!

Darkreading.com reported that Adam Darrah (Vigilante's director of intelligence) said that “We think the hacks are probably attempts to undermine public confidence in government at a time of universal unease due to the COVID-19 pandemic…The United States is a highly desirable target, and it would make sense that hacktivists would pour salt on the wounds in a country like Italy, which has had such a hard time."  The April 17, 2020 report entitled “Could Return of Ghost Squad Hackers Signal Rise in COVID-19-Related Hactivism?” included this blog post by cyberthreat intelligence firm Vigilante:

The Ghost Squad Hackers (GSH), an offshoot of the hacktivist group Anonymous, has been active during this COVID-19 period after remaining fairly quiet these past couple of years,…

While most of the incidents are defacements, a common hacktivist tactic, there were instances in which GSH became a root owner of an Indian government server and also leaked administrative accounts from the Australian government,…

No surprise here! So please mindful of what you see and hear!

© 2021 Foley & Lardner LLPNational Law Review, Volume X, Number 108
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