Google says government-backed hackers are weaponizing coronavirus for their attacks

Google | April 23, 2020

From hawking fake vaccines and stolen masks to phishing attempts designed to take advantage of the pandemic, the internet has seen coronavirus-related scams and attacks skyrocket over the past few weeks. Now, Google is sharing what its team of security experts have uncovered. Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) released a report on Wednesday detailing a number of COVID-19 attacks seen across the company's product line. The search giant says it has specifically identified attacks targeting U.S. governmental workers and health agencies, phishing emails going after employees working from home, and fake charity solicitations.

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo opening remarks at an event hosted by the Department of State’s Energy Resources Governance Initiative, at the Palace Hotel, in New York City, on September 26, 2019.

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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo opening remarks at an event hosted by the Department of State’s Energy Resources Governance Initiative, at the Palace Hotel, in New York City, on September 26, 2019.

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