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Cybersecurity experts Marc Rogers (left) and Nate Warfield, who cofounded the CTI League with Ohad Zaidenberg.

A global coalition of volunteer experts aims to protect hospitals and health systems around the world from cyberattacks as they deal with Covid-19 cases.

Credit: David Jaewon Oh

The Cyber Threat Intelligence League, conceived by Israel-based cyber intelligence research Ohad Zaidenberg in the early days of the pandemic, aims to protect hospitals and health systems around the world from cyberattacks as they deal with Covid-19 cases.

The League's Slack channels have become a global hub for information about malicious activity emerging during the pandemic, with international law enforcement, federal-level Computer Emergency Readiness Teams, the Healthcare Information Sharing and Analysis Center, hospital IT teams, and cybersecurity experts from 80 countries taking part.

In just its first month, the League found more than 2,000 healthcare software vulnerabilities, identified nearly 400 malicious files unlikely to be stopped by common antivirus software, and flagged close to 3,000 Web domains for takedown.

Over the long term, the League's co-founders think it can continue monitoring threats in a scaled-back form, then return to full strength when the next crisis emerges.

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