US Health and Human Services Department targeted by cyber attackers during Coronavirus outbreak.

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It’s scary out there.

Not only are people stock-piling toilet paper and cleaning supplies trying to avoid the spread of this virus through social distancing, but bad actors are using our country’s (and the world’s) crisis to their advantage.

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s computer system was attacked in a “campaign of disruption and disinformation that was aimed at undermining the response to the coronavirus pandemic and may have been the work of a foreign actor.”

It’s not enough we have wide-spread panic and disinformation already, now we face additional and unnecessary threats in the cyber-world.

National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot said in a statement that the are “aware of a cyber incident related to HHS … and the federal government is investigating this incident thoroughly.” All networks are “functioning normally at this time,” and it’s suspected a foreign state is the culprit for the attack.

The world averts its eyes for one second to battle an epidemic and still, there are always those who look for opportunities to benefit from another’s misfortune.

The attack took place on Sunday of last week, when millions of hits (within hours) overloaded the HHS servers and slowed the agencies system (although not significantly as intended – thankfully).

The National Security Council tweeted a warning about possible “fake” COVID-19 text messages, this was prompted by an unknown sender, but someone who’s “military friends” had heard that Trump was planning to “order a two week mandatory quarantine for the nation.” This is believed to be part of the HHS cyber-attack to spread fear and cause panic.

Per the White House officials, Trump is not considering a nationwide quarantine (just to be clear).

No data appears to be breached, but this attack shows we can not afford to be caught unaware or unprepared in any circumstances, especially during a declared nation-wide emergency.

From our office to yours, wherever you may be reading, if you need assistance with cybersecurity services, contact EnhancedTECH at 714-970-9330 or [email protected]

-Emmy Seigler

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/us-health-agency-suffers-cyber-attack-during-covid-19-outbreak/ar-BB11g3gk

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