Berlin (dpa) - The corona pandemic gives cybercriminals and intelligence agencies more options for attacks. This is the result of an analysis by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

"In addition, the less well-protected IT surface has increased since millions of people worked from home at short notice," says the CDU-related foundation's paper, which is available to the German Press Agency. In contrast to large companies, authorities and organizations, there is usually no professional protection for the IT system.

The pandemic also offers the opportunity to use people's insecurity, curiosity and need for information specifically for criminal or insidious activities, the author says. "Personal health can particularly arouse the need for information - especially when it comes to protective measures, alleged treatment methods, vaccination or alleged information from government agencies, for example."

Hospitals or other healthcare facilities would also be targeted by ransomware. Private companies and public bodies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) have become the focus of suspected government espionage. There were also meetings about partly unsafe conference programs.

According to the Foundation, the state should respond to the situation with information campaigns, the expansion of digital education and special support for IT security in small and medium-sized companies. Law enforcement agencies need IT specialists. Political and economic sanctions must be used to respond to government cyber attacks.