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COVID-19 apps used by states not properly tested, says India’s National Cyber Security Coordinator

Rajesh Pant, National Cyber Security Coordinator
Credit: Aditi Agrawal

You're reading it here first: "Every [Indian] state is using its own set of apps for various [COVID-19 related] purposes — may be for tracking, maybe for keeping account or whatever. And these apps have not gone through, ideally, the sort of process that we would have liked, the set of security testing, etc. So that is another cause of concern because what is going to happen tomorrow if these apps and the data that they have taken, if that data is gone, it is going to create its own set of problems," India's National Cyber Security Coordinator Lt Gen. (Dr) Rajesh Pant said during an online event organised by UN Women on "Cyber Crime Trends and Digital Safety amidst COVID-19 Pandemic". Hospitals, medical equipment particularly under threat at this time: Pant If that is not enough, since a lot of medical equipment has been imported in a hurry, it is prone to "supply chain infection", Pant said. "Supply chain infection is another way [of targeting hospitals] because hospitals are research facilities, we find, are the biggest targets today that people are trying to extract data as to what is the research going on to find a vaccine, etc.," he explained. "Today, every medical equipment has got electronics in it. And this can possibly be a reason for [planting] ransomware in hospitals although the attacker can also get in through the phishing and other methods of attack," Pant said. And hospitals are "immediately ready to pay in bitcoins", making them…

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