During the period coronavirus, medical institutions in various countries around the world were operating at full capacity, and cyber-attacks and ransomware attacks against medical institutions were not uncommon.
For medical institutions and infected persons, network attacks, especially ransomware attacks, may seriously affect work efficiency and thus affect the treatment of infected persons.
It may be easier for hacker groups to launch cyberattacks while medical institutions are busy, and the probability of medical institutions paying ransoms may increase.
This led some hacker groups to target medical institutions, especially the hacker groups codenamed Strontium from Russia and Zinc and Cerium from North Korea.
Microsoft’s security department recently published a blog urging governments to jointly crack down on these hacker groups, especially those who attacked medical institutions.
The targets of the three hacker groups are not only medical institutions, but also researchers and multiple pharmaceutical companies trying to steal or encrypt information for blackmail.
Traceability analysis found that research companies in Canada, France, South Korea, India, and the United States have been attacked by these hacker groups and lost some of their data.
This has a serious impact on the research and development of coronavirus mitigation medicine and vaccines. Microsoft believes that attacks against these institutions are completely intolerable.
Such malicious network activities have threatened people and critical infrastructure and may cause potential harm or even systemic harm to the entire medical system.
Microsoft urges governments to do more, and world leaders should confirm that international law protects medical institutions and take action to implement the law to provide the necessary protection.