29 May 2020

Hundreds of South Korea schools close again after reopening

On Friday, South Korea closed over 500 schools after a brief reopening due to a small resurgence of COVID-19 in its capital city, Seoul. Public spaces including government-operated parks, art galleries, museums, and theaters have closed for the next two weeks after reopening earlier this month as well. All government

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12 May 2020

Russia now has second highest virus cases globally

Russia has now reported the second-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world, following the US. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has tested positive for COVID-19, however, it is unclear whether Peskov has come into direct contact with Russian President Putin since contracting the virus. Peskov is being treated in

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11 May 2020

Renewed outbreaks in South Korea, Germany and China show continued risk as more countries seek to reopen

A new cluster of COVID-19 cases has emerged in Seoul, South Korea, which has renewed fear of the second wave of infections in re-opening countries. South Korea was among the first countries to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak, however, after weeks of low infection rates, it had begun to loosen

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04 May 2020

Kim Jong Un Returns, and North Korean Instability Fears Fade Away

Despite rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was in bad health, or potentially dead, he re-emerged in public after weeks of speculation. Mr. Kim avoided a complicated diplomatic and military problem between China, the US, and South Korea during a difficult and unprecedented time. The North Korean state

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30 Apr 2020

South Korea records no new local virus cases

As of Wednesday, South Korea has reported no new local COVID-19 cases, stating that all four new cases were imported. This represents a major milestone for the country, which was affected by COVID-19 earlier in the year at a high capacity. US officials have also announced that there is substantial

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28 Apr 2020

Collection of South Korean, U.S. Payment Cards Emerges on Underground Market

Group-IB reported that approximately 400,000 US and South Korean payment card records have emerged on a popular darknet card shop earlier this month. The collection, which was published on April 9, represents the largest sale of South Korean records on the Dark Web this year. Group-IB also warns that it

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27 Apr 2020

Amid mounting speculation, South Korea says Kim Jong Un is ‘alive and well’

Despite rumors that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un is in bad health, South Korea stated that he is alive and well, claiming that the speculations are unfounded. Moon Chung-in, the top foreign policy adviser to the South Korean President stated that there have been no suspicious movements detected and

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21 Apr 2020

Seoul sees no suspicious activity in North amid Kim concerns

On Tuesday, the South Korean government declared that it has not detected unusual activity in North Korea despite unconfirmed reports that the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, is in fragile condition after heart surgery. South Korea stated that it has no information about the speculation over Kim’s health. The rumors

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14 Apr 2020

North Korea fires barrage of missiles from ground and air

South Korea’s military reported that North Korea launched several missiles fired from the ground and from fighter jets on Tuesday. The missiles landed in the waters off of North Korea’s east coast in a show of force right before a key state anniversary in the North and parliamentary elections in

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20 Mar 2020

US, Israel, South Korea, and China look at intrusive surveillance solutions for tracking COVID-19

Four governments, China, South Korea, the US, and Israel, have been looking at implementing intrusive surveillance systems to track the spread of COVID-19. China and South Korea have already put into action an extensive citizen tracking system, while the US and Israel are exploring similar surveillance measures. China is the

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