From Covid-19 pandemic to cyber pandemic

An illustration of a screen displaying the Onionsite address by hacking collective Darkside, with a notice saying it could not be found. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The Covid-19 pandemic is pushing more services to move online and more people to work from home. It is also priming conditions for a pandemic of cyber attacks.

To be sure, cyber attacks such as phishing scams, malware and ransomware strikes have been around for a while and companies have responded to them with varying degrees of safeguards. But the pandemic has added a new layer of vulnerability as more organisations and businesses deploy remote systems and networks to support a distributed workforce, leaving them even more open to hackers.

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