28 Jul 2021

Tanzania’s Samia Suluhu Hassan gets Covid jab in policy reverse

In a sudden and dramatic change of policy, Tanzanians are being actively encouraged to receive Covid-19 vaccinations. Tanzania represents one of Africa’s most populous countries and was led by former President John Magufuli, who downplayed the virus and called for prayer instead of vaccines and masks. Mr. Magufuli also introduced

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28 Jul 2021

Under pressure, Iranian MPs postpone internet restriction bill

Iran’s parliament has suspended its review of a highly controversial bill that would lead to heightened internet restrictions within the country, according to citizens and businesses. The bill was first proposed three years ago and is titled the Protecting Users in Cyberspace and Organizing Social Media Act. However, despite the

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28 Jul 2021

China Appears to Be Building New Silos for Nuclear Missiles, Researchers Say

A US think tank has reported that satellite imagery shows that China is allegedly building a new network of silos for launching nuclear missiles. This marks the second such project that American analysts have accused Beijing of initiating and advancing within the past several weeks. A report regarding the silos

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28 Jul 2021

Thailand sends Covid patients home on trains as virus cases and deaths mount in the capital

Thailand patients infected with Covid-19 being treated in Bangkok are returning to their hometowns by train in an effort to alleviate some of the pressure on the capital’s medical system, which is currently facing several hardships as Thailand is struggling to contain its worst Covid-19 wave so far. Hospitals in

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28 Jul 2021

Praying Mantis Threat Group Targeting US Firms in Sophisticated Attacks

Security researchers at Sygnia reported observing attacks originating from a sophisticated threat actor that bore resemblance to the hallmarks of an Australian campaign that targeted high-profile public and private entities. According to the researchers, the campaign targeting Australia last year seems to have shifted its focus to the US. The

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28 Jul 2021

Get patching: US, UK, and Australia issue joint advisory on top 30 exploited vulnerabilities

The US’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Australia’s Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and the US FBI recently released an advisory detailing the top 30 most exploited vulnerabilities dating back to 2017. After seven months of 2021, the agencies found that CVE-2017-11882,

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27 Jul 2021

Russia Holds Military Drills Off Japan’s Mainland During Tokyo Olympics

On Tuesday, Moscow planned to begin military exercises off of Japan’s mainland despite the Tokyo Olympics. The island was seized by Japan in 1945 and Tokyo still claims authority over the land. Russia’s prime minister allegedly visited islands in the same disputed group just a day before the incident. Government

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27 Jul 2021

First person charged under national security law found guilty in Hong Kong

In a landmark ruling, the first person to be charged under the controversial Hong Kong national security law imposed by China has been found guilty. The man, Tong Ying-kit, was charged with inciting secession and terrorism after he rode a motorbike into police while flying a flag calling for the

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27 Jul 2021

Water crisis protests reportedly continue in Iran, with chants in capital

According to reports, street protests over water shortages throughout southwest Iran continued for the sixth night on Tuesday. The country has been experiencing a rise in violence, while residents in the capital shouted anti-government slogans. The protests came to light via a series of videos posted to social media on

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27 Jul 2021

Amnesty Urges Moratorium on Surveillance Technology in Pegasus Scandal

NGO Amnesty International has called for a moratorium on surveillance technology produced by an Israeli firm used against a long list of journalists, activists, and heads of state. The spyware called Pegasus, and its usage have exposed a global human rights crisis, according to Amnesty. The NGO is now warning

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