07 Jul 2020

Death toll from flooding in Japan rises to 50, dozen missing

 After a weekend of deadly rains beginning on Friday that expanded across several Japenese towns on Tuesday, at least 50 people have died and over a dozen remain missing. Japan’s southern region of Kyushu has experienced severe flooding as more rain is predicted to fall on the region in the

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07 Jul 2020

Hisham al-Hashimi: Leading Iraqi security expert shot dead in Baghdad

On Monday night, top security expert Hisham al-Hashimi was killed near his home in the Ziyouna district of Baghdad in a drive-by shooting consisting of two gunmen riding a motorbike. Al-Hashimi advised government agencies and is a leading figure on armed groups, appearing frequently in the media Although no group

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07 Jul 2020

Hundreds of thousands more could die from Covid-19 in Latin America, agency warns

In Latin America and the Caribbean, over 121,000 people have died due to COVID-19 complications, however, health authorities warn that this number could increase by more than 300,000 as of October 1. The Pan American Health Organization held a press briefing earlier this week citing modeling by the University of

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07 Jul 2020

Hackers Are Exploiting a 5-Alarm Bug in Networking Equipment

Last week, government agencies released a warning about a high-threat vulnerability in a line of BIG-IP products sold by the company F5. The agencies advised security professionals to implement a released patch to protect devices from the exploit, which could allow attackers to fully take control of the networking equipment,

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07 Jul 2020

Purple Fox Exploit Kit Adds Two Microsoft Vulnerabilities

Security company Proofpoint has disclosed two new Microsoft exploits that have been coded into Purple Fox, which is an exploit kit that has evolved drastically over the past year. The new updates show that cybercriminals are investing in infection tools and putting time and energy into increasing their capabilities to

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07 Jul 2020

Android Users Hit with ‘Undeletable’ Adware

According to researchers at Kaspersky, 14.8 percent of Android users who were targeted with mobile malware or adware last year were left with permanent and undeletable files. This is called a system partition infection, and the undeletable files can range from trojans that can install and run apps without the

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07 Jul 2020

EDP energy giant confirms Ragnar Locker ransomware attack

EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA) confirmed that they had suffered a ransomware attack affecting its parent corporation’s systems. EDPR NA currently boasts 11,500 employees and delivers energy to over 11 million people, making it the world’s 4th largest producer of wind energy. EDP NA’s parent corporation is the Portuguese

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06 Jul 2020

Hong Kong Libraries Pull Books for Review Under China’s Security Law

Books in Hong Kong libraries have been pulled from the shelves following strict new laws imposed on Hong Kong by China. The new national security law for Hong Kong is being used to restrict political discussion and prosecute those who speak out against the government. Several pro-democracy books were pulled

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06 Jul 2020

Outspoken professor detained in China

Xu Zhangrun, a Chinese professor who has been under house arrest due to his criticism of the Chinese government, was detained on Monday. Zhangrun has spoken out against the Chinese government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis and has previously criticized the current leader of China, Xi Jinping. Chinese authorities have

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06 Jul 2020

Australia to seal off 6.6 million people in virus-hit state as outbreak worsens

Australia has announced plans to isolate 6.6 million residents in the state of Victoria from the rest of the nation following an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the region. Australian authorities’ plans show drastic and immediate action after cases were recorded in the city of Melbourne. The border between

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