29 May 2020

New report alleges killings, mass detentions in Ethiopia

A recent report released by Amnesty International alleges that Ethiopia’s security forces have partaken in extrajudicial killings and mass detentions despite the country’s prime minister received the Nobel Peace Prize. The report was published on Friday and claims that security forces killed at least 25 people in East Guji and

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29 May 2020

Moscow more than doubles city’s Covid-19 death toll

Recently, Russian authorities have revised the official COVID-19 death toll of its capital city, Moscow, for the month of April. Initially, authorities claimed that 639 individuals died as a result of contracting the virus, but this number has been revised to 1,561 deaths. However, the city’s health department stressed that

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29 May 2020

Hundreds of South Korea schools close again after reopening

On Friday, South Korea closed over 500 schools after a brief reopening due to a small resurgence of COVID-19 in its capital city, Seoul. Public spaces including government-operated parks, art galleries, museums, and theaters have closed for the next two weeks after reopening earlier this month as well. All government

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29 May 2020

DHS Creates Tool to Predict How Long SARS-CoV-2 Lives on Surfaces

The Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate has produced a predictive modeling tool that analyzes how long the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19) remains on surfaces under varying temperature and humidity conditions. Researchers in the Directorate is continuing to update the new technology, which pulls insights from

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29 May 2020

Hackers Compromise Cisco Servers Via SaltStack Flaws

Cisco disclosed on Thursday that six of its VIRL-PE servers were compromised after threat actors used critical SaltStack vulnerabilities in a targeted attack. Cisco stated that the attackers used to known vulnerabilities that exist in the open-source Salt management framework and are used in Cisco products. Two Cisco products still

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29 May 2020

Highly-targeted attacks on industrial sector hide payload in images

Attackers have been using malicious PowerShell scrips in images to steal industrial sector employee credentials in a highly targeted campaign. The technique, steganography, uses public hosting imaging services to evade network traffic scanners and other tools that would potentially flag the malicious image. There have been victims identified in multiple

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29 May 2020

NSA Warns of Ongoing Russian Hacking Campaign Against U.S. Systems

On Thursday, the US National Security Agency (NSA) released a warning to government partners and private companies about an ongoing Russian hacking operation that targets operating systems behind computer infrastructure. This intrusion technique actively exploits a vulnerability that the NSA advised companies to take seriously. The notice is part of

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29 May 2020

Fortune 500 company NTT discloses security breach

On May 7, Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT) suffered from a security breach that exposed information on 621 customers from its communications subsidiary. The company is the 64th biggest in the world, according to the Fortune 500 list, and is the largest telecommunications company in Japan. NTT stated that they

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28 May 2020

U.S. to Stop Allowing Foreign Companies to Facilitate Iran’s Civil Nuclear Program

Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, has announced that the US will stop allowing foreign companies to facilitate nuclear activities in Iran, representing a core provision of the 2015 nuclear agreement. Pompeo alleges that Iran has continued to expand proliferation-sensitive activities, resulting in the US government announcement. In May of

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28 May 2020

U.S. Officially Declares That Hong Kong Is No Longer Autonomous

Amid violent protests in Hong Kong, the State Department has declared the region no longer has a high degree of autonomy from China. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released this statement, which is likely to unsettle the global financial center. Federal law requires Pompeo to make this assessment,

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