foreign secretary Dominic Raab said on Tuesday, the UK government now has confirmed that “particularly dangerous” cybercriminals are targeting organisations and firms that are responding to the coronavirus crisis,
“We know that cybercriminals and other malicious groups are targeting individuals, businesses, and other organisations by deploying COVID-19-related scams and phishing emails, and that includes groups that, in the cyber security world, are known as ‘advanced persistent threat groups’ – sophisticated networks of hackers who try to breach computer systems.”
“We have clear evidence now that these criminal gangs are actively targeting national and international organisations which are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, which I have to say makes them particularly dangerous and venal at this time.”
“There are various objectives and motivations that lie behind these attacks from fraud on one hand to espionage, but they tend to be designed to steal bulk personal data, intellectual property and wider information that supports those aims, and they’re with other state actors.”
The comments on cyber threats came after Raab confirmed that the government again failed to meet its target of 100,000 coronavirus tests per day. Just over 84,800 tests were carried out on Monday.