Kaspersky joins the global call to stop cyberattacks on medical institutions

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of global cybersecurity company Kaspersky, has signed an open letter (link: https://cyberpeaceinstitute.org/campaign/call-for-government) to the world’s governments to take immediate and decisive action to stop cyberattacks on hospitals and healthcare and medical research facilities.

The global call, initiated by the Geneva-based CyberPeace Institute, has also been signed by Nobel Peace Prize laureates, former presidents, international organisation leaders and other high profile influencers.

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky

Commenting on the joint letter, Eugene Kaspersky said since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic they have been continuously monitoring how cybercriminals have been exploiting the situation.

“Unfortunately, we’ve seen many cyberattacks on hospitals and health institutions in many countries, and we consider them to be terrorist attacks. As long as the coronavirus continues to cause serious social concerns, attackers will continue to use it for their own purposes,” Kaspersky said.

He added that they are doing what they can to help medical institutions during this pandemic.

In March they made a decision to provide healthcare organisations with free fully-featured product licenses for six months.

“But we call on governments and international organisations to take more action and do everything possible to stop these terribly damaging, often life-threatening cyberattacks on medical institutions,” Kaspersky added.

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