The disarmament chief of the Un warned of an increase in cybercrime, including malicious emails, that have increased 600% during the coronavirus pandemic.

Izumi Nakamitsu said at an informal Security Council meeting that the crisis in the coronavirus It stimulates technological innovation and online collaboration in the world. But “there are worrying reports of (cyber) attacks on healthcare organizations and medical research facilities around the world,” he warned.

The High Representative for Disarmament Affairs said that Increasing digital dependency heightens vulnerability to cyber attacks, with an estimated one occurring every 39 seconds.

According to the International Telecommunication Union, almost 90 countries have barely taken the first steps towards a commitment to cybersecurity.

Nakamitsu said the threat of misuse of information and communications technology “is pressing.”

But he added that there is some good news, such as the UN’s global progress in dealing with threats. A group of government experts developed 11 non-binding voluntary standards for responsible state conduct in the use of these technologies.

Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas, whose country holds the presidency of the Security Council and organized the meeting on Friday, said the need for “a safe and functional cyberspace” is more pressing than ever. He condemned cyber attacks on hospitals, medical research facilities and other infrastructure, particularly during the pandemic.

“Those attacks are unacceptable,” said Rato. “It will be important for their authors to be held accountable for their conduct.”