Warning for COVID scientists: An impostor is asking scientists for an interview using the email email@example.com (not mine) and signature “Atul Gawande, Staff Writer, The New Yorker.”
These are fake. Do not respond. I use a bwh.harvard.edu
One scientist did respond. It led to back-and-forth emails and a brief phone call to settle on an interview time. The impersonator sent a Microsoft Teams-like link. The result was a hack that accessed the victim’s computer, phone, apple ID, business and home gmail accounts. 2/4
They also accessed Twitter and other social media accounts.
They have possession of the scientist's financial account details.
And most disturbing, they tried to get into the person’s home security alarm system. 3/4
These actors seem to be “China virus lab theory” conspiracists targeting scientists who’ve done work w Chinese labs.
Pass this thread to your relevant colleagues.
I’m terribly sorry that anyone would use my identity to go after you.
The authorities are investigating. 4/4
This is awful and shows the lengths people will go through to harass scientists. I find this to be appalling and people wonder why public health experts and scientists are frustrated and exhausted-its' because of stuff like this which quite sadly is one of many examples twitter.com/Atul_Gawande/s…
COVID scientists: if there’s one sophisticated attempt, there’s almost certainly more. Lock down your primary personal email account—the one you use for password resets—with two-factor authorization with security key or authentication app—SMS last choice but better than nothing. twitter.com/atul_gawande/s…
CRAZY—Hackers now impersonating media to attack scientists working on #COVID19. They set up an interview time, & impersonator sent a @Microsoft Teams-like link. The hack then accessed the victim’s computer, phone, apple ID, & accounts. Then hacked Twitter & bank account. Wow. twitter.com/atul_gawande/s…