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Five times as many attacks against the World Health Organisation as hackers look to exploit the coronavirus outbreak.

The World Health Organisation (WHO), one of the key agencies working to tackle the ongoing coronavirus crisis, has seen a "dramatic" increase in cyberattacks since the pandemic started.

WHO said that it has seen a fivefold increase in the the number of cyberattacks directed at its staff, and email scams targeting the public.

The health organisation said around 450 active WHO email addresses and passwords had recently been leaked online, along with thousands belonging to others working on the coronavirus response. It insisted the leaked credentials did not put WHO systems at risk because the data was not recent, but said that the attack did impact an older extranet system that's used by current and retired staff as well as partners. The organisation said it is now migrating to a more secure authentication system.


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