(UnitedVoice.com) – According to news reports, thousands of people working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic had their passwords and email addresses accessed by hackers. The login information is circulating around the internet. However, the people who took the info aren’t your average run-of-the-mill data thieves.
On April 22, reports began surfacing about the hack in the mainstream media. Roughly 25,000 members of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CDC, World Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) had their web info taken.
The lists of information were posted on the message board 4chan. Australian cybersecurity expert, Robert Potter, told the Washington Post he used information he found online to gain access to the computer systems at the WHO.
In addition to the organizations mentioned, the Wuhan Institute of Virology was targeted. This is the lab the US is investigating as the origin of the coronavirus.
Why Are People So Angry?
Unlike typical cyberattacks, it doesn’t seem as though the hackers targeted the organizations to sell their information. Instead, people are using the lists of passwords and email addresses to demand answers. The media is, of course, painting it as a harassment campaign.
But is it?
Nearly, all of the organizations mentioned have made questionable decisions at some point during the coronavirus pandemic. The WHO parroted Chinese talking points at the beginning of the outbreak which prevented other countries from getting a jump start on their preparations and may have cost lives. Bill and Melinda Gates are vocal supporters of the WHO.
The lab in Wuhan may have created the virus that’s killed over 196,000 people worldwide as of April 24. The World Bank’s pandemic bonds are in question by citizens across the globe.
People have questions and they want answers. Of course, hacking isn’t the recommended way to demand answers, that’s for sure. Who are we to judge, though? If people feel they aren’t being listened to, they might resort to desperate measures sometimes.
Security expert Potter said the password security at the WHO “is appalling.” People were actually using the word “password.” So, hey, at the very least maybe this will teach officials to take cybersecurity more seriously. The next hackers might actually have nefarious plans, not just questions.
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