Cybercriminals and nation-state actors alike are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to weasel personal informational, financial data, dollars and access to systems from their victims, from consumers to healthcare organizations and supply chain companies, the FBI warned this week in a pair of alerts.

For the third time in as many months, the FBI called out state-sponsored hackers who are using Kwampirs malware in supply chain and healthcare-related attacks. In a two-phase campaign the miscreants launch a broad attack on a network, where they’ve been found to reside for as long as three years, delivering and executing secondary malware payloads. During the second phase the campaign delivers additional Kwampirs components or malicious payloadsallow.

“The FBI assesses Kwampirs actors gained access to a large number of global hospitals through vendor software supply chain and hardware products,” the alert said. “Infected software supply chain vendors included products used to manage industrial control system (ICS) assets in hospitals.”

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