Bad Actors Capitalizing on Chaos

COVID-19 Cyber Blog

Bad Actors Capitalizing on Chaos

by Brian Berger, President Cytellix Corporation 

In midst of our reactions to a pandemic, the bad actors find cyber vulnerabilities to attack companies. We saw a recent example over the weekend where The US Health and Human Services Department was attacked. The indication was a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack intended to slow the networks to prevent dissemination of critical information on COVID19. While the attack did not do significant damage according to reports, it signals that through the Chaos of the COVID 19 pandemic, bad actors will do anything they can to disrupt the country and take advantage of weaknesses inside of any organization. As both businesses and consumers are focused on the corona virus, contingency planning, stocking up with supplies, social distancing etc. – these distractions are prime hunting ground for the bad actors to entice us to click, respond and generally lower our cyber-guard. Remember the best practices we have been taught and increase your cyber awareness for other behaviors that may be indicators of compromise. Stay safe!