29 Apr 2020

Coronavirus death toll 54% higher in England and Wales than daily stats showed

According to the UK Office of National Statistics, the COVID-19 death toll in England and Wales up until April 17 was 54% higher than the government’s daily figures showed. According to ONS data, there were 22,351 COVID-19 attributed deaths up until April 17, whereas the UK government reported that 14,451

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28 Apr 2020

Fake Fedex and UPS delivery issues used in COVID-19 phishing

The online shopping and home delivery industries have experienced an influx over the past several weeks as people socially isolate and telecommute. Threat actors have been capitalizing on this recent adjustment, creating new scams luring victims through fake Coronavirus delivery issue emails. The emails contain malicious links or open malware.

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27 Apr 2020

Italy’s PM outlines lockdown easing measures

After declining numbers of cases over the past few weeks, Italy has outlined its plans to ease restrictions after seven weeks of lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak within the nation, which has been the hardest-hit European country. Starting on May 4, Italians will be allowed to visit relatives in

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24 Apr 2020

Wuhan is on a slow path back to normality after 76-day coronavirus lockdown

Wuhan, China, the first city in the world to go into lockdown amid a rapidly spreading COVID-19 outbreak, has been struggling to return to normalcy after months of fear and anxiety. The end of the lockdown, which lasted 76 days, has left citizens worried about a second outbreak and businesses

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21 Apr 2020

Emergent Ideas Around Covid-19

We spend a lot of time thinking through emergency scenarios and the strategies that enable risk mitigation and opportunity exploitation around the world.  Covid-19 provides a nearly unprecedented disruption at a global level that is reshaping our lives, economy, and culture. Here are some of the emergent ideas that are on my radar screen surrounding Covid-19 that could inform your decision making process or your scenario planning.

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21 Apr 2020

Ghana lifts lockdown, citing improved testing and ‘severe’ impact on the poor

After just three weeks, Ghanian President Nana Akufo-Addo has lifted lockdown measures in two cities, stating that there had been improved COVID-19 testing and that the impact of the restrictions had been severe on the poor and vulnerable populations in the country. Nonessential businesses in Accra and Kumasi will be

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20 Apr 2020

Protests erupt again over coronavirus shelter-in-place orders. Here’s why governors aren’t budging

Protests over COVID-19 lockdown erupted over several states this past weekend. However, state governors have stated that they will not end lockdown measures early. Health care workers in Denver stood in the streets in counter-protest against those fighting to end lockdowns. In Denver, protesters ordered the stay-at-home order to be

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17 Apr 2020

Pandemic Makes U.S.-China Economic Breakup More Likely, U.S. Businesses in China Say

The coronavirus pandemic is creating concern that the US and Chinese economies will “decouple,” as COVID-19 disrupts supply chains and strains relations between the two countries. In March, 44% of 25 major US companies stated that decoupling would be impossible, compared to 66% in October. Therefore, enterprises have become increasingly

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17 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Africa could be next epicentre, WHO warns

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Africa could be the next region to be hit by the COVID-19 outbreak, following behind Asia, Europe, and North America. Across the continent so far, there have been almost 1,000 deaths and 19,000 infections, however, these rates are drastically lower than those exhibited

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17 Apr 2020

Could Return of Ghost Squad Hackers Signal Rise in COVID-19-Related Hactivism?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of hackers called the Ghost Squad Hackers (GSH) have been active again after a fairly quiet few years. The group is an offshoot of the hacktivist group Anonymous. A blog post by Vigilante, a cyberthreat intelligence firm, stated that the recent hacks conducted by

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