May 26, 2020

HHS Targeted by Nation-State Hackers

Evil doers know that the best time to attack is during a crisis or a time of vulnerability. As the United States, and specifically, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) attempts to respond to and get ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., hackers, likely from a foreign enemy nation state, ramped up cyber attacks against HHS this past weekend.

HHS has acknowledged the increased attempts, and has confirmed that the attacks have been unsuccessful. It appears the attacks were designed to disrupt HHS’s response efforts during the pandemic, and to distract officials from their focus on the response to COVID-19.

Enemy nation states and cyber-criminals are taking advantage of the worldwide COVID-19 crisis to attack, intrude, disrupt and distract. We all need to be on high alert during this time of vulnerability and concern.

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Linn F. Freedman, Robinson Cole Law Firm, Cybersecurity and Litigation Law Attorney, Providence

Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She provides guidance on data privacy and cybersecurity compliance to a full range of public and private clients across all industries, such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine, and charitable organizations. Linn is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She is also a member of the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team (CyFi ...