Daily Digest (4/10)

US-UK Issue Cyberattack Warning Amid COVID-19; HHS: US Nearly Out of Gear for Medical Workers Fighting Virus; Japanese University Threatened Over Coronavirus. Click below to read.

US-UK Issue Cyberattack Warning Amid COVID-19

U.S. and U.K. security officials urged residents on both sides of the Atlantic to be on the lookout for “cybercriminals and other malicious groups online who are exploiting the COVID-19 outbreak for their own personal gain.”

The advisory was published Wednesday by the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

“Cyber criminals and advanced persistent threat groups are targeting individuals and organizations with a range of ransomware and malware, the agencies said in a statement.

Examples of scams include emails containing malware that appear to have come from the director-general of the World Health Organization, and others that claim to offer thermometers and face masks to fight the pandemic, the officials said.

Source: CISA.gov (external link)

HHS: US Nearly Out of Gear for Medical Workers Fighting Virus

The Strategic National Stockpile is nearly out of the N95 respirators, surgical masks, face shields, gowns and other medical supplies needed to protect front-line medical workers treating coronavirus patients.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said all the remaining personal protective equipment in its inventory was being deployed, The Associated Press reports.

The House Oversight and Reform Committee released documents Wednesday showing about 90% of the personal protective equipment in the stockpile had been distributed to state and local governments, AP reports.

Source: AP News (external link)

Japanese University Threatened Over Coronavirus

Kyoto Sangyo University in Japan said it had received hundreds of complaints and some threats over COVID-19 infections originating from its students.

The number of confirmed cases linked to university students reached 74 on Wednesday, NHK World-Japan reports.

Telephone calls and emails criticizing the school began after the university reported its first infections March 29.

Callers demanded to know where infected students live, threatening to set the school on fire when officials didn’t answer the query, according to reports.

Source: NHK (external link)

—  By DPN Staff