You don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind, you don’t pull the mask off the old Lone Ranger and, with apologies to Jim Croce, you don’t mess around with medical and healthcare organizations battling the coronavirus pandemic, or you’ll face the full force of the COVID-19 CTI League, a group of 400 cybersecurity volunteers from more than 40 countries who’ve pledged to fight pandemic-related hacks.
It’s tempting to drag out the popular, if tired, trope “not all superheroes wear capes” when referring to the group that includes Microsoft and Amazon and which counts in its leadership DefCon security chief Mark Rogers, a vice president at Okta, as well as Microsoft Senior Privacy Program Manager Chris Mills and Senior Security Program Manager Nate Warfield and Clearsky Cyber Security Lead Cyber Intelligence Researcher Ohad Zaidenberg.
But the COVID19-CTI website says the collaborative is simply “a community of CTI experts, Incident responders and Industry experts working to neutralize all cyber threats looking to exploit the current pandemic.” The group explained on its website that it would “identify, analyze and neutralize all threats but at this most sensitive time are prioritizing front-line medical resources and critical infrastructure.”
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