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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17 Apr 2020

Morrison says using COVID-19 tracing app a matter of ‘national service’

Australia has previously announced plans to implement a tracing app that aims to combat the COVID-19 outbreak that countries across the world are facing. The app, which has been criticized by experts as invasive and unethical, is launching in the next few weeks. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stated

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16 Apr 2020

China tries to revive economy but consumer engine sputters

The Chinese economy is trying to return to normal levels after the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it has been struggling to recover as millions of workers and consumers are wary of spending too much or going out. Starting in late January, factories and shops were shut down nationwide and millions of

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16 Apr 2020

PPE, COVID-19 Medical Supplies Targeted by BEC Scams

The FBI has confirmed that agencies aiming to but items like ventilators have unknowingly been conned into a BEC scam in which they transfer funds to threat actors rather than legitimate organizations. There has been a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in American hospitals across the country, and the

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15 Apr 2020

China didn’t warn public of likely pandemic for 6 key days

New information shows that Chinese officials secretly determined that the new virus spreading across the country was at the pandemic level, they failed to reveal this to the public for six days as millions traveled for Lunar New Year celebrations. On the seventh day, January 20, President Xi Jinping warned

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15 Apr 2020

Coronavirus takes a serious turn in Russia, and Putin no longer radiates confidence

On Tuesday, Russia’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases spiked by 2,774, bringing the country’s total cases to 21,102 according to an official count. The country has reported 170 deaths, half of which are in Moscow alone. In a Monday videoconference with other officials leading the efforts to halt the spread

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15 Apr 2020

NIH, FDA and VA 3D-Printing Collaboration Turns to Ventilator Parts

A collaboration between the National Institute of Health, Food and Drug Administration, and the Veterans Affairs Department has already produced 12 different personal protective equipment (PPE) designs that have been approved for clinical use. The 3D printing partnership achieved this in just a matter of weeks, aiding healthcare workers on

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14 Apr 2020

How Homeland Security’s Biosurveillance Arm Uses Tech To Track a Pandemic

According to a recent announcement, the Homeland Security Department’s National Biosurveillance Integration Center (NBIC) is tapping into new advanced technologies to help the government combat the COVID-19 pandemic that has taken the world by storm. The agency will analyze, integrate, and dispense critical data and information about health, adding that

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13 Apr 2020

OPEC, oil nations agree to nearly 10M barrel cut amid virus

Russia, OPEC, and other oil-producing nations have announced on Sunday that they have finalized an unprecedented production cut. The cut consists of nearly 10 million barrels, which represents a tenth of the global supply. The measure aims to boost oil prices amid the coronavirus pandemic and a price war, according

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13 Apr 2020

Spain is ‘not yet in de-escalation phase,’ health minister warns

Despite a dropping death rate, Spain’s health minister Salvador Illa warned that the country has not yet reached a “de-escalation phase.” Illa stated that it is necessary that the country continues to practice lockdown measures, and that restrictions in place should not be lifted yet. However, the Spanish government hasn’t

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