The initiative is led by the non-governmental organization CyberPeace Institute. More than 40 current and former leaders from around the world have signed a letter asking governments to prevent and stop cyberattacks on health systems in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative is led by the CyberPeace Institute, a non-governmental organization that promotes peace and stability in cyberspace and is supported by the Red Cross.
A letter addressed to governments has also been signed by executives of major technology and cybersecurity companies, including Microsoft, Kaspersky Lab, and Trend Micro, university professors, religious leaders, nongovernmental and nonprofit organizations, research organizations, healthcare organizations, former state presidents, ministers, and other official persons.
Recently, there have been reports of malicious campaigns during which criminals exploit the panic around a coronavirus pandemic. There have also been reports of cybercriminals targeting medical facilities and organizations.
Attacks range from ransomware to disinformation campaigns and target hospitals, government agencies, health authorities, and vaccine research centers.
“We call on governments to collaborate and join forces with civil society and the private sector to ensure respect and protection for health facilities, as well as to hold perpetrators accountable. First of all, governments should take measures and stop cyberattacks on hospitals and medical facilities, ”the letter said.
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