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HHS targeted by hackers as it responds to novel coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic

The number of cyberattacks looking to draft off the novel coronavirus pandemic are ramping.

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The US Health and Human Services Department was reportedly hit by a cyberattack Sunday night as security incidents related to the novel coronavirus pandemic ramp.

Bloomberg reported that the attack was designed to slow agency systems down but didn't succeed in a meaningful way. Bloomberg cited anonymous sources as did ABC News.

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According to a tweet, a text message from the National Security Council was related to the attack. The text read:

Text message rumors of a national #quarantine are FAKE. There is no national lockdown. @CDCgov has and will continue to post the latest guidance on #COVID19. #coronavirus

These attacks are likely to pick up amid the COVID-19 response. Attacks include phishing attacks, credential theft, bitcoin and financial fraud, ransomware campaigns and more. 

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