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WHO reports five-fold increase in cyberattacks, including fake charity fund

GENEVA (AP) -- The World Health Organization is reporting a five-fold increase in cyberattacks against it compared to a year earlier. It cites a rise in scams aiming to draw donations into a fake fund that is wrongly billed as a way to help the COVID-19 response.

    The U.N. health agency also cited a "dramatic increase" in cyberattacks against its staff, saying 450 active WHO e-mail accounts and passwords were leaked online this week.

    WHO says the leaked credentials did not jeopardize its computer systems because the data was not recent, though the incident did affect an older system.

    The agency says it's working to establish stronger internal systems and improve security, and urged the public to be on the lookout against fraudulent e-mails.

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