Kaspersky Founder and CEO Eugene Kaspersky believes that cyberattacks in hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic are equal to terrorist incidents.
In an online press conference on Wednesday, April 22, Eugene Kaspersky said that despite current social distance measures around the world, it will have very little impact on the cybersecurity landscape.
& # 39; Cyber criminals are likely to remain active, & # 39; he said. & # 39; They are used to working at home and their circumstances have not changed drastically.
& # 39; They will continue to try to attack businesses and individuals and it is our job to work hard and defend our customers.
& # 39; Any attack that is currently being made at a hospital can be seen as equivalent to a terrorist attack. & # 39;
Also present during the virtual meeting, Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky's Global Research and Analysis Team, said he would like to see all malicious individuals as groups who do not challenge attacks on health organizations.
& # 39; The message should be clear to cyber criminals that anyone focused on medical institutions will be chased by LEAs and cybersecurity companies like ours to make sure they are brought to justice, & # 39; said Raiu.
While pressure may be on medical institutions to keep their systems safe, the current circumstances have made this a greater challenge than usual, Raiu believes.
& # 39; People in hospitals must understandably focus on caring for their patients and saving lives, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; They don't necessarily have to worry about updating their systems.
& # 39; They can also manage and prioritize resources differently and if they have to choose between investing in cybersecurity solutions or buying medical equipment, there is only one clear choice. & # 39;
Regarding the general threat landscape, recent months have seen a rise in opportunistic and deliberate attacks, with spear phishing campaigns focused especially on users with false advice about coronavirus-related.
& # 39; We see a spread in COVID-19 messages tricking people into opening bad links or extensions and downloading malware, & # 39; said Yury Namestnikov, Kaspersky's head of Global Research and Analysis Team for Russia.
& # 39; We saw 43 percent growth in this type of attack between January and March 2020. & # 39;
Since the outbreak, social tracking applications have been developed to inform citizens if they have recently been in contact with someone who has not been infected with the virus.
While these applications are being created to benefit humans, there are some reservations and concerns about how such technology may affect personal privacy. Yury Namestnikov said.
& # 39; This technology must be implemented if life can save, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; But managing such large amounts of data needs to be done correctly and properly secured and encrypted to keep information secure.
& # 39; If done correctly and transparently, authorities can check which organizations have collected and used this data. & # 39;
Costin Raiu hopes all apps that are released will only be needed if temporary measures and businesses don't see them as an opportunity to monetize personal data.
& # 39; We stand for an impossible choice, & # 39; he said.
Mobile tracking is used to tell others about who they have been in contact with and the best way to keep yourself safe is to stay home.
& # 39; We need to put this technology behind us as we return to normalcy and hope it is not a permanent part of & # 39; e society is. & # 39;
Kaspersky said that as a company, it has adapted well to the outbreak, and its working group transitioned to working from home.
& # 39; One day this will all be over, and everyone wants to see each other again in person, & # 39; said the founder.
& # 39; Often, face-to-face connections are the best way for people to interact and I like to see so many people in my work.
& # 39; But we can also benefit from the technology that we & # 39; re currently benefiting from.
& # 39; For example, we put out our Summit for Security Analyst this year, but this year we can have two & # 39; run versions & # 39; of the same conference – a physical and an online one.
& # 39; Businesses can now plan for if we go back to building normal and stronger customer relationships. & # 39;