The International Criminal Police Organization has announced that it has detected an increase in cyber-attacks against hospitals around the world that are connected to the COVID-19 response. Attacks that could “directly lead to deaths.”
As hospitals battle and save the lives of COVID-19 patients while also attempting to keep staff safe, it has been confirmed that another enemy is intent on exploiting stretched healthcare resources. That enemy is cyber-crime. INTERPOL has now issued a “purple notice” alert to law enforcement in all countries to support the global battle against cybercriminals who are attempting to lock nurses and doctors out of critical systems in order to extort money from them. As the proverb goes, there is no honor among thieves.
A recent report states that “locking hospitals out of their critical systems will not only delay the swift medical response required during these unprecedented times, it could directly lead to deaths.”