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Virtual Army Rising Up to Protect Healthcare Groups From Hackers


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white-hat hackers are offering their skills to protect healthcare organizations increasingly reliant on networks during the COVID-19 pandemic from cybercriminials.

Credit: Techworld

A growing number of white-hat hackers are offering their skills to thwart cybercriminals attempting to exploit healthcare organizations' increased reliance on networks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For example, the nonprofit COVID-19 CTI League counts more than 1,400 volunteers throughout 76 nations, who are applying their experience in information security, telecommunications, and law enforcement to defend hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.

An initial progress report from the CTI League indicated that members have assisted law enforcement in eliminating almost 3,000 cybercriminal assets online and identified more than 2,000 cyber vulnerabilities at hospitals, healthcare groups, and supporting facilities.

Chris Krebs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said the CTI League "has helped disseminate indicators of compromise to network defenders, improve vulnerability management in the nation's medical infrastructure, and manage supply-chain risks in the medical sector."

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