20 Mar 2020

A Perfect Storm forms as COVID-19 Meets Cyberspace

On Sunday, the US Department of Health and Human Services was hit by a cyber attack intended to disrupt its response to the COVID-19 virus. The ‘disruption and disinformation’ attack has illustrated an intent to target a renewed dependency on IT systems during this pandemic. Businesses, universities, and governments around the world are rapidly deploying remote capabilities to allow work from home during self-isolation to flatten the curve. This solution however, has hyperextended existing IT infrastructure and while defenders struggle to adapt to this new perimeter, adversaries are sure to discover more points of impact.

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20 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Deaths Surpass 10,000 Globally

The number of COVID-19 cases has reached 245,000, while the number of deaths due to infection doubled ina week to more than 10,000 as of today. Italy, Iran, and Spain have all experienced large increases in virus deaths, causing governments all over the world to take preemptive measures to contain

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16 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: New York City shuts down schools, restaurants and theatres

As the number of novel coronavirus cases in the US rapidly increases, several cities and states have been taking measures to ensure that the outbreak is contained and to halt the spread of the infectious disease. Among these jurisdictions is New York City, as Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that

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10 Mar 2020

All of Italy is in lockdown as coronavirus cases rise

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte expanded extending restrictions in southern provinces to now include northern provinces. An entire lockdown is now underway in Italy as the Coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country. The Prime Minister is initiating extreme measures in an attempt to preserve the population and not increase the

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04 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: World Bank pledges $12bn in emergency aid

The World Bank has reportedly committed $12 billion in aid for developing countries that are facing the coronavirus outbreak and how to combat it financially and medically. The WB aid includes low-cost loans, grants and technical assistance to aid these countries in preventing the outbreak and managing the coronavirus if

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03 Mar 2020

U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Climbs to Six as Virus Spreads World-Wide

The US’s coronavirus death toll has risen to six as Washington state emerged as the center of the US outbreak. In Washington, officials reported four additional deaths, 18 confirmed cases, and closed multiple schools to prevent an outbreak and disinfect the property. Three deaths are linked to a specific nursing

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28 Feb 2020

World harshens its virus response as epidemic worsens by day

Over the past week, several countries have implemented strict temporary travel bans and heightened security as the number of people infected with the novel coronavirus continues to rise and spread to new countries. Saudi Arabia has blocked travel to the Kaaba in Mecca, one of Islam’s holiest sites, while South

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21 Feb 2020

South Korea ups emergency response as viral cases surge

On Friday, South Korea reported more virus cases that prompted a larger response, the creation of a “special management zone” around the southeastern city of Daegu in which the epidemic threatens to overwhelm the region’s health system. Health officials reported 52 new cases of the illness, raising the country’s overall

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11 Feb 2020

Coronavirus: Senior Chinese officials ‘removed’ as death toll hits 1,000

Monday marked the first day that the coronavirus has claimed over 100 lives within 24 hours. Since then, many Senior Chinese officials have been removed. The party secretary for the Hubei Health Commission and the head of the same commission were among the authorities who were let go. According to

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10 Feb 2020

Coronavirus claims 97 lives in one day – but number of infections stabilises

Over the weekend, the number of deaths due to the coronavirus overtook the death toll of the SARS epidemic, which killed 774 people worldwide and originated in China in 2003. The number of people who have died as a result of the virus is rose by 97 in just one

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