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Cybersecurity experts come together to fight coronovirus-related hacking

Thu 26th March, 2020 12:48am
By Joseph Menn
    SAN FRANCISCO, March 25 (Reuters) - An international group
of nearly 400 volunteers with expertise in cybersecurity formed
on Wednesday to fight hacking related to the novel coronavirus.
    Called the COVID-19 CTI League, for cyber threat
intelligence, the group spans more than 40 countries and
includes professionals in senior positions at such major
companies as Microsoft Corp  MSFT.O  and Amazon.com Inc
 AMZN.O .
    One of four initial managers of the effort, Marc Rogers,
said the top priority would be working to combat hacks against
medical facilities and other frontline responders to the
pandemic. It is already working on hacks of health
organizations.
    Also key is the defense of communication networks and
services that have become essential as more people work from
home, said Rogers, head of security at the long-running hacking
conference Def Con and a vice president at security company Okta
Inc  OKTA.o .
    The group is also using its web of contacts in internet
infrastructure providers to squash garden-variety phishing
attacks and another financial crime that is using the fear of
COVID-19 or the desire for information on it to trick regular
internet users.
    "I've never seen this volume of phishing," Rogers said. "I
am literally seeing phishing messages in every language known to
man."
    Phishing messages try to induce recipients to enter
passwords or other sensitive information on websites controlled
by the attackers, who then use the data to take control of bank,
email or other accounts.
    Rogers said the group had already dismantled one campaign
that used a software vulnerability to spread malicious software.
He declined to provide details, and said that in general the
group would be reluctant to reveal what it was fighting.
    Rogers said law enforcement had been surprisingly welcoming
of the collaboration, recognizing the vastness of the threat.
    Rogers is a UK citizen based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Two other group coordinators are American, and one is Israeli.
    "I have never seen this level of cooperation," Rogers said.
"I hope it continues afterwards, because it's a beautiful thing
to see."
     

 (Reporting by Joseph Menn; Editing by Peter Cooney)
 ((joseph.menn@thomsonreuters.com; +1-415-819-0026;))
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