A report that for some reason hasn’t gotten much press has surfaced that yesterday the Gates Foundation, World Health Organization and Wuhan Institute of Virology were all hacked.
Info of the breach began to trickle onto twitter early Wednesday.
Gates Foundation, WHO and Wuhan Labs just got hacked about an hour ago. Massive data dump inbound. Gonna be an interesting day.
— Ameer Rosic (@AmeerRosic) April 21, 2020
Entrepreneur, Investor and CEO of YukoSocial.com confirmed the dump as well.
Searching "gates hacked" on Twitter confirms the event did in fact transpire, with many screenshots of the documents, emails, and their credentials still posted.
— Mike Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) April 21, 2020
NBC, picked up the story today, noting that documents containing email addresses and purported login information belonging to medical researchers and nonprofit employees working to address the coronavirus outbreak are circulating online among fringe conspiracy theorists — a warning sign that they may soon become the target of online harassment.
Note the direct label and sarcasm designed to sway a readers opinion.
Robert Potter, an Australian cybersecurity expert, confirmed to The Washington Post that the hacked WHO email addresses and passwords were real. He said he was able to gain access to the WHO’s computer systems using the new information posted on the Internet.
NBC news was able to find the documents containing the account information on Pastebin, a plain text site frequently used by hackers to dump their findings. Three of the documents constitute 277 email addresses from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, 20 from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), and nearly 7,000 from the World Health Organization.