News for the cybersecurity community during the COVID-19 emergency
At a glance.
- Contact tracking via mobile device.
- Crooks and spies see opportunity in the pandemic.
- Pandemic disinformation and misinformation.
- Disparate economic impact.
Apple and Google are jointly developing Bluetooth tracking functionality that would notify mobile device users if they’ve been near someone who’s been infected with the coronavirus, the Wall Street Journal reports. The UK’s National Health Service is particularly interested, according to the Times.
Phishing attacks and phone scams continue to use COVID-19 fears as bait, the South Florida Times reports, and Time has an account of warnings from US counterintelligence services that espionage organizations are active in much the same way.
The Wall Street Journal has an overview of the shape, scope, and probable objectives of the Chinese government’s disinformation campaign concerning the coronavirus pandemic, and they're interested in both deflecting blame and gaining an international competitive advantage, especially over the US. Disinformation also shades into misinformation, especially (according to the Washington Post) in extremist messaging and (according to Motherboard) in researchers' hastily presented simulations.
And start-ups and Big Tech experience disparate economic effects from COVID-19. Today's daily wrap-up of the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for cybersecurity is available at the CyberWire.