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Google Warns Of Government-Backed Cyber Groups Targeting Health Care Organizations

Google reported Wednesday that it had tracked at least a dozen foreign government-backed groups attempting to use information around the COVID-19 pandemic to target cyberattacks at the health care sector and the public.

Shane Huntley, a member of Google’s Threat Analysis Group, wrote in a blog post that his team had seen these threat groups “using COVID-19 themes as lure for phishing and malware attempts—trying to get their targets to click malicious links and download files.”

Major targets of these attempted attacks are international and national health care organizations and their staffers, with the threat groups in some cases sending emails with fake links to the login page of the World Health Organization (WHO). Google traced some of this activity to a cyber crime group known as Packrat, which is based out of South America.

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