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.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

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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