08 Apr 2020

U.S. to Block Iran’s Request to IMF for $5 Billion Loan to Fight Coronavirus

The US has stated that it plans to block Iran’s request for $5 billion in emergency aid from the International Monetary Fund. Iran has requested the aid as it continues to fight the COVID-19 virus as the country has been the hardest-hit in the Middle East. However, senior officials in

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08 Apr 2020

Chinese APT Groups Targeted Enterprise Linux Systems in Decade-Long Data Theft Campaign

BlackBerry has stated that five threat groups that have been known to steal US companies’ intellectual property on behalf of the Chinese government may have the power to do critical damage during the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers at BlackBerry claim that the groups have targeted companies in industries via cross-platform attacks

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06 Apr 2020

Agencies Have Spent At Least $2.6B on COVID-19 Supplies and Services

According to data from the Federal Procurement Data System, the US government has spent more than $35.6 billion, 7.3% of which on COVID-19 supplies and services, in the past two months. Between February 1 and April 2, agencies reported nearly $2.6 billion in spending with the National Interest Action code

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03 Apr 2020

Bank says virus could cost world $4.1 trillion

The Asian Development Bank has predicted that the COVID-29 international pandemic will end up costing the world economy as much as $4.1 trillion as countries struggle to combat the outbreak of the virus as well as shortages in medical equipment. The Asian Development Bank, headquartered in Manila, Phillippines, has stated

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03 Apr 2020

London Hit by Quarantine Text Scam

London residents have been targeted with fake fine notification texts in which fraudsters tell the victim that they owe money for violating UK lockdown rules. The malicious text is designed to resemble a genuine COVID-19 alert sent by the UK government. Victims who receive the message have reported that it

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03 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: US jobless claims hit 6.6 million as virus spreads

In the United States, the number of American former employees seeking unemployment benefits has hit an ultimate high for the second week in a row as the US economy suffers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 6.6 million Americans have lost their jobs as a result of lockdown measures

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03 Apr 2020

Argonne Taps Supercomputing Network to Study How Coronavirus Spreads

Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois is currently leading a variety of computational efforts that are geared towards understanding the COVID-19 and the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes it in order to help create treatment options such as antiviral drugs and vaccines that will curb the rising global death rate. The Lab

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03 Apr 2020

Mozilla will fund open source COVID-19-related technology projects

Mozilla has announced that it is offering up to $50,000 to open source technology projects that aim to relieve the tension the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on many countries. The company is gearing up to join other tech giants in aiding solutions to the everyday challenges brought on by the

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03 Apr 2020

South Africa gathered homeless people into a sports stadium. Here too, coronavirus divides rich from poor

In South Africa, homeless individuals have been directed to gather in a sports stadium, relocating the men and women from under their temporary homes and sleeping backs. The homeless appeared in downtown Johannesburg as they traversed the city to take refuge in a South African stadium. The men and women

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02 Apr 2020

Extremists see global chaos from virus as an opportunity

Although both the Islamic State (IS) group and al-Qaeda acknowledge the health risk presented by coronavirus, some of their members see the global upheaval from the pandemic as an opportunity to hit countries at a time where they are already hurting and recruit more fighters. Recent messages from the groups

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