Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - UNODC updates

 

In these challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, UNODC continues to focus on delivering vital assistance to those in need, including to people who use drugs and with drug use disorders, who are in prison and who have HIV/Hepatitis C. We will not overcome this crisis if we don’t stop the pandemic in specific pockets of vulnerability. Staff at UNODC Headquarters in Vienna and in the field remain active in delivering on all of the Office’s mandates. This includes addressing crime that seeks to exploit the pandemic, such as cybercrime.

STAYING SAFE ONLINE WHILE WORKING REMOTELY

Advice from UNODC’s Chief of Cybercrime & Anti-Money Laundering, Neil Walsh

Cybercriminals are exploiting the COVID-19 virus pandemic by:

  • Sending emails with “virus updates” which then seek to gather your login and password details. Always verify the veracity of an email before you click on links or attachments.
  • Maps/Apps which display the spread of the virus are being compromised with malware – downloading these can compromise your computer and the whole organization.
  • Cybercriminals are exploiting online marketplaces – selling, for example, non-existent hand sanitizer.

Information from the UN family

About the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
www.un.org/en/coronavirus

Wellbeing tips for UN Personnel
www.un.org/en/coronavirus/wellness

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

* To reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to those working at the United Nations in Vienna and to comply with the measures taken by the Austrian authorities, personnel of Vienna-based UN organizations, including the staff of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime are working remotely or at home.