Beijing Review

COVID-19 and Cybersecurity

The author is a research fellow at the Collaborative Innovation Center of South China Sea Studies at Nanjing University, east China

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which has put almost the entire Western world on lockdown, has triggered a spike in cyberattacks and cybercrimes. The European Commission has raised the alert level, urging strong cyber resilience. A survey done by Barracuda Networks, a U.S. company providing security software, indicated that almost half of companies around the world had suffered a cybersecurity issue amid COVID-19.

In the Western media, China has frequently been accused of state-sponsored cyber espionage on Western governments and private industries. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre

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