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Hackers Target WHO by Posing as Think Tank, Broadcaster

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Photographer: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

The messages began arriving in World Health Organization employees’ inboxes in early April, seemingly innocuous emails about the coronavirus from news organizations and researchers.

But a close examination revealed that they contained malicious links, and some security experts have traced the emails to a hacking group in Iran believed to be sponsored by the government.