Kaspersky, the Covid-19 Emergency Requires Less Privacy

The cybersecurity expert speaks. On the tracing apps, the past problem the emergency will present itself to governments who may not want to give up the data.

“We always take privacy very seriously,” says Eugene Kaspersky, world cybersecurity expert and CEO of the company specializing in computer security during a restricted meeting with the press, “but we realize that in times when it was necessary to dig mass graves because of the disease, a meeting must be sought between the right to privacy and the need to collect data to combat the pandemic through the famous apps that everyone talks about “.

For sure, such a large block of data will attract the attention of criminals who once again could try to appropriate it without evaluating its possible consequences or even acquiring it automatically.

“Another aspect that worries me – adds Costin Raiu, Director of Kaspersky’s Global Research and Analysis Team – is what will happen when the emergency is overcome. If apps are built to recover a lot of data, governments themselves may find it difficult to get away from it and give up so much information. ”

A bit like in “The Lord of the Rings”, databases on citizens’ habits poison the minds of those who consult them until they become their membership. Consequently, there are two fronts for which it is important to work well on the privacy level: because the renunciation is not serious for governments and because it does not lend itself to other mass data breaches that could endanger privacy on very hot issues like that of health.

Hospitals targeted. The topic of cyber security, already very hot in recent months, has literally become tough with the arrival of the lockdown. Telework has exacerbated the innumerable shortcomings that bodies and companies hid in the maze of their internal networks, forcing them to do exceptional work to adapt them to the needs of remote work. But few have dwelled on the consequences that this epidemic will have later and many cybercriminals may also find that they have taken the longest step in the leg.
An unwritten crime rule (computer and non-IT) says that if you pay too much attention, you go looking for trouble and, apparently, the groups of criminals have not evaluated well how things have changed in the context of their “common operations” “.

“One thing that must be clear – says Eugene Kaspersky – is that we and many law enforcement agencies with whom we are in contact consider cyber attacks on medical infrastructures as terrorist attacks and we will do everything possible once the emergency wave, to track them down and bring them to justice ”.

In fact, the hospital and medical sector in general has long been targeted by cybercriminals who storm it with ransomware attacks, using malware that encrypts all computer data in order to block the operation of doctors and nurses until it is paid a ransom. In the case of private facilities, the target often gives up and pays to minimize the risks for those hospitalized.

But if this is an already hateful and petty practice in normal times, its gravity grows dramatically during a pandemic, with hospitals already in difficulty who literally have to jump through hoops to keep up with emergencies. “Emblematic” – says Costin Raiu – was the situation of the central hospital in Brno, in the Czech Republic, which was attacked and completely blocked in mid-March in the initial stages of fighting the epidemic. ”

Now, according to Kaspersky, those who have dedicated themselves to cybercrime at the expense of hospitals thinking that they are doing “little stuff” are likely to be run after all the police in the world. And after the ransomware, even “normal” data theft could see an escalation of attention from law enforcement agencies if it concerns information related to the pandemic.

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The cybersecurity expert speaks. On the tracing apps, the past problem the emergency will present itself to Governments who may not want to give up the data.

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