About 25 Thousand Email Addresses Supposedly From The US Department Of Health And WHO Leaked To The Internet
Unknown people have released about 25 thousand email addresses and passwords that allegedly belong to employees of the US Department of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other organizations, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
"Neo-Nazis and white supremacists profited from this list and actively distributed it," the newspaper quoted Rita Katz, Director of the American SITE Intelligence Group." Using this information, far-right extremists called for campaigns of persecution, while spreading conspiracy theories about the coronavirus pandemic."
According to the Washington Post, the most published addresses - 9938 - belong to the US Department of health and human services, 6857 are declared as postal addresses of the centers for disease control and prevention, 5120 belong to the world Bank and 2732 - to the WHO.
Meanwhile, according to the founder of the Australian company Internet 2.0, Robert Potter, WHO computer systems are not sufficiently protected, in particular, it concerns the unreliability of passwords.
The Washington Post notes that several addresses relate to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where an outbreak of coronavirus infection is believed to have occurred.
Later, the bill gates Foundation issued a statement saying that they are monitoring the situation and have not yet detected any signs of a data breach in the Fund.
The SITE Director noted that the distribution of email data is part of a months-long campaign to use the COVID-19 pandemic as a weapon. However, it is noted that the SITE failed to verify the authenticity of these email addresses and passwords.
According to the newspaper, the lists were first published on the anonymous forum 4chan, then on the website Pastebin, on Twitter, and some telegram channels of an extremist nature.
Links to the hacked information began to appear on the web. One of the most notable places where misinformation about the virus is spread is the Terrorwave Refined telegram channel, where people publish information that COVID-19 is a virus artificially linked to HIV.