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CISA Director Lists Nation-State Actors, Cybercriminals, Disinformation as Top COVID Attack Vectors

Submitted by: Daryl Haegley (CS)²AI Fellow and Director, Mission Assurance & Cyber Deterrence at the DOD

By Katie Malone 9/8/20

Assessing the current threat landscape six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Christopher Krebs listed nation-state spies, cybercriminals committing fraud, and the spread of disinformation as top cyberattack vectors.

“The intelligence services are doing what they always do. Spies are being spies,” Krebs said at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit today. “They’re looking to collect information on what’s really going on in the country, what’s the status of the vaccine development, what’s the economic health of the country, what are the policies that are shifting.” Krebs raised concerns with China and Russia-based actors as leaders of spy activities.

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