The World Health Organization has reported witnessing a dramatic spike in the number of cyber-attacks that have targeted its accounts. Last week about 450 active WHO email addresses were leaked online along with thousands belonging to others working on a response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The migration of affected systems to a more secure authentication system has already begun, said WHO. The organization is working with the private sector to establish robust internal systems and also educating staff on cybersecurity risks. WHO said the majority of attacks had been phishing or spear-phishing attempts to lure the staff into clicking on a malicious link in emails.