The pandemic has served as a catalyst for much of the hacking increases during the first half of 2020, with weekly COVID-19-related phishing attacks growing from under 5,000 in February to more than 200,000 in late April.

All types of cyberattacks were up 34 percent from March to April, according to Check Point’s mid-year report. The attacks included everything from nation-states gathering  intelligence about prospective vaccines or disrupting rivals’ handling of the deadly virus to consumers stepping up their online purchases and work-from-home as the new normal.

The World Health Organization experienced a 500 percent increase in attacks.

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