02 Apr 2020

Anger as Japanese Prime Minister offers two cloth masks per family while refusing to declare coronavirus emergency

The Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, is facing criticism after announcing that the government would distribute two cloth face masks per household amidst the global pandemic and growing concern over medical shortages. The country currently faces a steadily increasing number of COVID-19 cases, but the Prime Minister has failed to

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02 Apr 2020

There’s now COVID-19 malware that will wipe your PC and rewrite your MBR

Cybercriminals have emerged with a new malware that destroys an infected system by either wiping files or rewriting the computer’s master boot record (MBR). The information security community has identified at least five new strains (some in the wild and others as tests) that operate this way amid the COVID-19

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02 Apr 2020

Two Zoom Zero-Day Flaws Uncovered

Patrick Wardle, a security researcher with Jamf, has uncovered two zero-day flaws in the Zoom macOS client version. The telecom and online class platform vulnerabilities have the potential to give local attackers root privileges, which subsequently allow the attackers to access the victims’ microphone and camera. The two flaws have

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02 Apr 2020

‘Secure’ Backup Company Leaks 135 Million Records Online

VpnMentor has discovered that a company claiming to provide secure backups, SOS Online Backup, has leaked metadata and customer information in over 135 million records after a misconfigured online database was uncovered by cybersecurity researchers. The incident was exposed as part of vpnMentor’s ongoing mapping project that already found major

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02 Apr 2020

Team Builds Ventilators from $300 Worth of Parts

A team at Rice University composed of faculty and students, self-named Take a Breather, has designed an automated bag valve mask ventilation unit to help treat patients struggling with the COVID-19 virus. The ventilators are made with just $300 of parts, and will hopefully be available to anyone in the

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02 Apr 2020

COVID-19 mapped: Azure-powered tool IDs the most vulnerable populations

A company called Jvion specializes in “clinical AI” and is planning on launching a COVID Community Vulnerability Map. The map will be public and built on Microsoft Azure maps, helping healthcare provide4rs identify the determinants of health that put certain regions or populations at greater risk. The information could be

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01 Apr 2020

Italy Hopeful That Coronavirus Pandemic Is Slowing Down

Italian authorities have reported that COVID-19 infections within the country have slowed after three weeks of lockdown, a sign of hope for other countries that are adhering to similar lockdown policies. Italian officials have stated that they plan to wait until after Easter before they reassess the lockdown and reopen

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01 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Spain’s deaths pass 9,000 as infection rate slows

In just one day, Spain has recorded another 864 deaths related to coronavirus. This has brought the total number of deaths in Europe to over 30,000, with 9,000 total deaths in Spain. Italy has experienced the most COVID-19 deaths in Europe, with Spain in second. Spain currently has over 100,000

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01 Apr 2020

Iceland lab’s testing suggests 50% of coronavirus cases have no symptoms

Iceland, an island nation of just 360,000, has been testing for COVID-19 more than any other country. As of Tuesday, the country had tested roughly 5% of its population, 17,900 people, to gain a more accurate sense of how the virus’s symptoms manifest. Nearly half of the tests have been

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01 Apr 2020

FDA, NIH, VA Partner to Accelerate 3D-Printed Protective Gear for COVID-19 Response

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Veterans Affairs Department (VA), and the National Institutes of Health recently joined together to accelerate 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing technologies in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. The collaboration is a Memorandum of Understanding that formalizes the process through

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