Consortium of cybersecurity experts to fight Covid-19 hacking profiteering

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Cat Mules

Nearly 400 international volunteers with expertise across varied cybersecurity fronts have come together to tackle global hacker cyberattacks linked to the novel Covid-19 virus.

The Covid-19 Cyber Threat Intelligence League spans more than 40 countries and is led by senior professionals, including Marc Rogers, Head of Security at Def Con and Vice President at Okta., and Nate Warfield Senior Security Manager at Microsoft. The front sets out to combat the surge in phishing attempts to trick recipients into disclosing passwords or entering sensitive information on websites controlled by attackerswho can then gain control of bank, email or other accounts.  

In a statement to Reuters on ThursdayRogers commented that global cooperation is the best way to combat the vast reach of cyberattacks, especially those immediately aimed at healthcare facilities and frontline responders including doctors, nurses and laboratories. Rogers said, “I’ve never seen this volume of phishingI am literally seeing phishing messages in every language known to man.’”   

Although the CTI League has already dismantled one campaign that used software vulnerability to spread malicious softwareRogers commented the CTI League is reluctant to provide details on cases or reveal what it is fighting.  

The CTI League continues to welcome qualified members in their join request form 


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