UN Official Says Cybercrime is Way Up Around the Globe

"600% increase in malicious emails during the current crisis."

WBEN Newsroom
May 23, 2020 - 7:43 am
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NEW YORK (AP) - The U.N. disarmament chief says the COVID-19 pandemic is moving the world toward increased technological innovation and online collaboration, but "cybercrime is also on the rise, with a 600% increase in malicious emails during the current crisis."

Izumi Nakamitsu told an informal meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that "there have also been worrying reports of attacks against health care organizations and medical research facilities worldwide."

She said growing digital dependency has increased the vulnerability to cyberattacks, and "it is estimated that one such attack takes place every 39 seconds."

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