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Cyber version of ‘Justice League’ launches to fight COVID-19 related hacks

Justice League

A group of cybersecurity experts from around the world — including from companies like Microsoft and Okta — have teamed to help organisations fight COVID-19 related hacking and phishing attacks.

The restricted-invite COVID-19 Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) League consists of cyber threat intelligence experts, incident responders, and other security experts experienced at detecting, responding, and neutralizing threats.

Initially, league members will prioritise efforts on helping hospitals and healthcare facilities fend off ransomware and other threats from attackers seeing to exploit the general mayhem triggered by the COVID-19 health crisis. But the COVID-19 CTI League’s mission is broader than helping just healthcare entities. It will also work to neutralize other cyber threats looking to exploit the current pandemic, according to a brief description on the group’s website.

At the moment it is not clear whether the league will engage in any kind of offensive cybersecurity exercises to take down infrastructure and systems that threat actors might be using to launch these attacks.

A story in Reuters that quoted Rogers described the new community as leveraging their contacts within the Internet service provider community to “squash garden variety” phishing attacks and financial scams related to COVID-19. Whether those kinds of actions would need coordination with law enforcement and other entities is not clear.

Now is the time to be training your users to spot and correctly handle malicious attacks landing in their inboxes, voice mail, and messaging apps. Those who wait for the crisis to pass may well find their networks overrun with malicious actors, backdoor trojans, and ransomware — just as they’re trying to get back on their feet and back in business.

With thanks to the Cyber Defence Alliance and Dark reading. The full story is here:

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