23 Oct 2018

The most interesting Internet-connected vehicle hacks on record

“Several years ago, a team of IOActive researchers demonstrated how they could compromise a connected car system in order to run a Jeep off the road. Since then, automakers and connected vehicle service vendors have begun to take the concept of car cybersecurity seriously. The company in question has been

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23 Oct 2018

Hackers Breach Healthcare.gov, access the data of 75,000 users

“Hackers accessed sensitive personal data of more than 75,000 Healthcare.gov customers after one of its systems was breached, according to a Friday statement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. According to the statement, CMS officials detected ‘anomalous system activity’ in the Federally Facilitated Exchanges system—one that health care

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22 Oct 2018

“Russian Columbine”: Crimea college shooting rampage shocks Russia, stokes tensions

In what Russian media outlets are calling “Russia’s Columbine,” an 18-year-old gunman killed 20 people and wounded over 50 in a suicide rampage that employed a firearm and at least one homemade explosive device. A motive has not yet been established. This school shooting is the deadliest to occur in

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19 Oct 2018

Drug trafficking at sea is devastating island states, ministers say

“Ministers from tiny island states including Palau, the Solomon Islands and Kiribati are calling for help over the ‘devastating’ impacts of criminal networks in the fishing industry. Fishermen, unable to work because stocks are so low, are being lured into gun-running and drug trafficking by international organised crime, the small

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19 Oct 2018

Mass Expulsion of Congolese from Angola Could Spark Humanitarian Crisis

“The United Nations refugee agency warns the mass expulsion of an estimated 200,000 Congolese from Angola into Congo’s unstable Kasai Central Province could trigger a humanitarian crisis. Ethnic tensions that triggered a brutal conflict in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2016 are still running high.

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18 Oct 2018

‘Terrorism does not terrorize’ suggests new global health study

A review of 400 research articles that examine the link between terrorist attacks and mental health suggests that terrorism is not correlated with increased distress in comparison with other distressing events. The association of terrorism with global/public health concerns that is often made in commentaries are likely the result of

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17 Oct 2018

WHO considering global health emergency over DRC Ebola outbreak

“WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has convened ‘an emergency committee’ on the current outbreak in DRC’s violence-torn North Kivu region, which has killed 135 people since August, the UN health agency said in a statement. ‘The committee will meet on October 17 in Geneva to ascertain whether the outbreak constitutes

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15 Oct 2018

Cote d’Ivoire seizes tonnes of fake medicines as global counterfeit pharmacetucals market grows

Underscoring the extent of the problem in the Ivory Coast and sub-Saharan Africa in general, almost 400 tons of counterfeit medicine were seized in a two year span. In Africa, up to 7 out of 10 medicines are estimated to be fake according to the WHO, with the number shrinking

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15 Oct 2018

How is the UN funded? A simple explanation of a complex system

The US provides a significant portion of all UN funding, around 22% of the general budget and 28% of its peacekeeping budget. For decades, these contributions have been a source of both national and international conflict as actors argue about how this spending should be reflected in terms of influence

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15 Oct 2018

Expect more chemical weapons attacks on Britain’s streets, warns security minister

The UK Home Office Minister recently stated at the country’s National Security Summit that “chemical and biological weapons are marching in closer,” and that terrorists “have developed and worked on a better arsenal and we have to be prepared that might come to our streets here.” The Metropolitan Police Assistant

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