20 May 2020

U.S. Nears Settlement With Sudan Over 1998 Terror Bombings

After extensive negotiations, the Trump administration is reportedly nearing a deal with Sudan to resolve claims over the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Africa perpetrated by terrorist group al Qaeda. These negotiations will help to clear the way to remove Khartoum’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, a

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18 May 2020

Coronavirus: Global push for inquiry into Covid-19 response

Today, 194 member states of the World Health Organization will meet virtually, aiming to open an independent review of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The WHO will face questions on how it dealt with the outbreak and spread of the virus and Chinese President Xi Jinping talked during the

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07 May 2020

Iraq Gets New Government After Months of Political Deadlock

Early this morning, Iraq swore in a new government after months of political deadlock that hindered the country’s ability to adequately respond to crises brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lawmakers in protective gear voted in 15 ministerial candidates appointed by intelligence chief Mustafa al-Kadhimi, who will now become prime

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07 May 2020

Ransomware Attack on Europe’s Largest Private Hospital Operator

Today, Krebs on Security reported that the largest hospital operator in Europe has been targeted by a ransomware attack as the region combats the COVID-19 pandemic and overwhelmed healthcare systems. The cybercriminals launched an attack on the technology systems of Fresenius, subsequently limiting certain operations at the company. According to

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07 Feb 2020

Veterans Affairs Launches Its First 5G-Enabled Hospital

The Veteran Affairs Department will soon operate one of the first 5G enabled hospitals in the world. The health care facility is currently located in Palo Alto, California, and plans to launch 5G capabilities at the location were unveiled by the VA Secretary earlier this week. The VA aims to

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17 Jan 2020

FBI: Nation-state actors have breached two US municipalities

Last year, nation-state hackers breached the networks of two US municipalities according to the FBI. The agency sent out a security alert to private industry partners announcing the breaches last week. Attackers used the CVE-2019-0604 vulnerability in Microsoft SharePoint servers to breach the networks. After the attackers gained advantage over

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10 Dec 2019

Maersk CISO Says NotPeyta Devastated Several Unnamed US firms

Maersk Chief Information Security Officer Andrew Powell stated at Black Hat Europe 2019 that he believes that 600 countries across the globe were damaged by NotPetya around the time of the Maersk attack. He stated that any company doing business in Ukraine at the time of the attack was hit.

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11 Nov 2019

Bugcrowd Pays Out Over $500K in Bounties in One Week

In October, Bugcrowd disclosed that around 550 hackers from around the world reported roughly 6,500 vulnerabilities, resulting in a total payout of $1.6 million. The company, which launched in 2011, announced that over $513,000 of the monthly payouts were made last week: breaking a company record of most vulnerabilities reported

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03 Apr 2019

Prospect of a nuclear war ‘higher than it has been in generations’, warns UN

United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu on Tuesday told the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) that the global prioritization of “competition over cooperation, and the acquisition of arms, prioritized over the pursuit of diplomacy” has made the likelihood of nuclear weapons being used “higher than it has

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20 Jun 2018

U.S. leaves U.N. Human Rights Council

Calling it a “cesspool of political bias,” a “hypocritical and self-serving organization” that “makes a mockery of human rights,” the US envoy to the UN has withdrawn the country from the United Nations Human Rights Council. The US Secretary of State also denounced the council as a “protector of human

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