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COVID-19: Hackers target hospitals fighting virus, as Trump predicts more deaths in the US

The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) has warned that hospitals on the frontline of fighting the coronavirus pandemic are now facing an increase in attempted cyber-attacks.

The agency in a statement on Saturday said that criminals are using software to hold medical centres digitally hostage and prevent them accessing files and systems until a ransom is paid.

Interpol added that emails are primarily being used to spread the ransomware, and that it is collecting a list of suspicious Internet domains.

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Meanwhile, the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has warned the Us is entering what could be its “toughest” week yet as the number of coronavirus cases in the country surged past 300,000.

“There will be a lot of death, unfortunately,” he told reporters at the White House on Saturday. “This will be probably the toughest week – between this week and next week.”

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