US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Hackers allegedly acting in the interests of the Iranian government tried to crack the personal email addresses of World Health Organization (WHO) employees amid a coronavirus pandemic. This was reported on Thursday by Reuters, citing sources.
According to the agency, the hacker attack began on March 2. It is noted that the attackers wanted to steal the passwords of employees by arranging malicious mailings to their personal email addresses. “We found attacks from, as we assume, hackers supported by the Iranian government. The target of their phishing attacks is usually international organizations working in the healthcare sector,” one of the agency’s sources said.
WHO spokesman Tarik Yazarevich confirmed the hacking attempt, but pointed out that the organization does not know who is behind such attacks. According to him, the attempts of the attackers were unsuccessful.
The Iranian government categorically rejected its possible involvement in this incident. “All this is an absolute lie, designed to increase pressure on Iran, which itself is a victim of hacker attacks,” Reuters quoted the representative of the country’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology.
According to the agency, the number of hacker attacks on WHO and its partner organizations has more than doubled since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
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