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Security experts have warned that criminals are using people’s fears over the coronavirus crisis to target victims online. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said “opportunistic” cyber criminals are using the deadly outbreak to launch online attacks. Clicking on to the links on bogus emails which say they have important updates has led to devices being infected.
Official NHS guidance is to be displayed at the top of internet search results as part of measures to stop the spread of disinformation around Covid-19. The health service has highlighted a fake account it had suspended from Twitter after it posed as a hospital and posted inaccurate information about coronavirus cases. The account, claiming to be a hospital in Andover, Hampshire, falsely posted that it had received a number of patients with coronavirus-like symptoms before it was suspended by Twitter.
People working remotely to help prevent the spread of coronavirus are at greater risk of being hacked because they are likely to be using less secure computer settings, an expert has warned. As more businesses encourage staff to work from home amid the Covid-19 outbreak, a computer science lecturer at Loughborough University has urged workers to check their security settings. Dr Asma Adnane said remotely accessing sensitive business data causes additional cybersecurity risks, and she encouraged anyone planning on working from home to speak to their IT department first.
London-based AI lab DeepMind has published predicted structures for several proteins present in SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
DeepMind said that while the predictions have not been experimentally verified, it hopes they will help scientists understand how the virus functions and serve as a platform for developing potential treatments.
Electrical equipment and data centre infrastructure giant Schneider Electric has said the financial impact of coronavirus on its quarterly revenues could reach €300m after factory closures in China temporarily halted production.
The company was forced to shut down facilities in China in response to the outbreak, 80 percent of which have now reopened.