07 Aug 2020

Second Canadian Sent to China’s Death Row in as Many Days

China recently imposed the death penalty on another Canadian citizen over drug offenses, deepening the rift between Canada and China after Canada arrested a well-known Chinese tech executive. Ye Jianheu was sentenced to death on Friday by the Municipal Intermediate People’s Court in the city of Foshan after he was

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07 Aug 2020

Rescuers in Lebanon recover more bodies days after blast

In Lebanon, days after a deadly explosion that killed at least 149 and injured thousands more, rescue teams continue to search through rubble and destruction to retrieve more casualties. Beirut’s port was wrecked by an explosion triggered by a fire that caused 2,750 tons of improperly stored ammonium nitrate to

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07 Aug 2020

India now has more than 2 million confirmed coronavirus cases

Just three weeks after announcing it had reached 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released a statement that concedes it has reached over 2,027,000 cases of the infectious virus. The country’s healthcare systems have been crippled by the pressure of the escalating pandemic as

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07 Aug 2020

TSA’s Looking to Rapidly Verify Passengers Without Biometrics or Physical IDs

The US Transportation Security Administration is seeking alternative means to verify passenger identities at security checkpoints throughout the country, without relying on physical information or biometrics. The measures would potentially be used when travelers fail to present appropriate ID forms. This may be in the form of a digital services

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07 Aug 2020

Chinese Hackers Have Pillaged Taiwan’s Semiconductor Industry

Yesterday at the Black Hat security conferences, CyCraft researchers presented details of a previously unknown hacking campaign that compromised Taiwanese chip firms. CyCraft is a Taiwanese cybersecurity firm that has been investigating the campaign, which allegedly compromised at least seven firms over a two year period. The operation has been

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07 Aug 2020

Mercedes-Benz E-Series Rife with 19 Bugs

At Black Hat 2020, a famous cybersecurity conference held virtually this year, researchers explained the process of discovery and disclosure of security flaws found in Mercedes Benz vehicles. Although the flaws have since been fixed, the bugs impacted roughly 2 million Mercedes Benz connected cars before they were patched. The

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07 Aug 2020

Satellite Comms Globally Open to $300 Eavesdropping Hack

At the virtual Black Hat 2020 conference, academic researcher and Oxford University doctoral candidate James Pavur spoke about the risk of satellite hacking. Pavur stated that attackers can use basic home television gear to listen in on internet traffic occurring across the globe, including high-value targets such as shipping fleets

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07 Aug 2020

Capital One fined $80M by regulators over 2019 data breach, agrees to improvements

Capital One Financial Corporation has agreed to enter a consent order with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and pay an $80 million dollar fine for a data breach that occurred in 2019. The breach exposed more than 106 million Capital One customers and credit card applicants

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06 Aug 2020

U.K. Economy Won’t Make Up Lost Ground Until End of 2021

The UK economy has suffered alongside other European countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown measures enacted to prevent the spread of the virus. The Bank of England has stated that the economy will take until at least the end of 2021 to recover from an economic contraction

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06 Aug 2020

Germany orders tests for all travelers from ‘risk areas’

On Thursday, Germany announced that it will begin mandatory testing for travelers arriving from high-risk countries, including the United States. Germany’s health minister delivered the statement on Thursday after the country recorded its highest increase in new infections in three months. Germany has witnessed a steady upward trend in the

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