COVID-19 pandemic and the cyberthreat landscape: Research challenges and opportunities

Heba Saleous, Muhusina Ismail, Saleh H. AlDaajeh, Nisha Madathil, Saed Alrabaee, Kim Kwang Raymond Choo, Nabeel Al-Qirim

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Although cyber technologies benefit our society, there are also some related cybersecurity risks. For example, cybercriminals may exploit vulnerabilities in people, processes, and technologies during trying times, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, to identify opportunities that target vulnerable individuals, organizations (e.g., medical facilities), and systems. In this paper, we examine the various cyberthreats associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. We also determine the attack vectors and surfaces of cyberthreats. Finally, we will discuss and analyze the insights and suggestions generated by different cyberattacks against individuals, organizations, and systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-222
Number of pages12
JournalDigital Communications and Networks
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023


  • COVID-19
  • Cyberattacks
  • Mitigation
  • Potential solutions
  • Security and privacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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