Right-wing activists have got hold of a list of leaked passwords and email addresses allegedly belonging to the World Health Organization, US National Institutes of Health and the Gates Foundation.
SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks the online activity of white supremacist and jihadist groups, said the information circulated online on Sunday and Monday, reported the Washington Post.
It’s not yet clear who obtained and published the information, though the Washington Post reports that it first surfaced on the 4chan message board before then being republished on sites including Twitter, and on far-right channels on the Telegram messaging app.
Rita Katz, SITE’s executive director, said “Neo-Nazis and white supremacists” published the information “aggressively” across various online platforms.
Other noteworthy groups to have been targeted include the World Bank, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is based in the central Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic is thought to have originated.
The WHO is currently embroiled in a bitter row with US President Donald Trump, who has cut US funding to the UN body. He accuses it of spreading Chinese propaganda and not doing enough to control spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.