12 Feb 2021

U.K. Economy Suffers Biggest Slump in 300 Years Amid Covid-19 Lockdowns

Official estimates confirm that the UK economy records its biggest contraction in more than three centuries in 2020 due to lockdown measures halting the operations of non-essential businesses and preventing people from shopping. The country has also suffered one of the world’s deadliest outbreaks. The country is currently grappling with

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05 Feb 2021

Financial Regulator Hit by 240,000 Malicious Emails in Q4 2020

The UK’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), was hit by nearly 240,000 malicious emails in the first quarter of 2020 alone, the FOI found. This highlights the pressure weighing on high profile organizations to protect their assets and maintain high levels of cybersecurity and awareness. A litigation firm

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27 Jan 2021

National Crime Agency warns novice and veteran traders alike of rise in clone company scams

UK watchdog organization the National Crime Agency warned the public about “clone company” attacks increasing in popularity, tricking both novice investors and veteran traders. The threat actors seemingly target those seeking investment opportunities to recoup some finances lost by the economic complications of the Covid-19 pandemic. The FCA reported that

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26 Jan 2021

U.K. Coronavirus Variant Probed for Increased Risk to Younger People

In the UK, doctors have noticed a significant change in the demographics of people receiving medical treatment for Covid-19. In critical care units, more young people and women with serious cases of Covid-19 began to come in. The virus so far has proved to hit older patients and men the

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22 Jan 2021

Studies of South African Coronavirus Strain Raise Concerns About Immune Response

Three new studies have raised concerns over the immune response triggered by the new strain of Covid-19 originating in South Africa. The studies found that the vaccine may be less effective at protecting against the new and more transmissible strain. The findings are a result of experiments done in laboratory

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18 Jan 2021

UK Accidentally Deletes 150k Arrest Records

An unintentional erasure has plagued the United Kingdom’s government as employees rush to recover data. A technical issue seemingly caused 150,000 arrest records to be wiped from nationwide police databases. Initial investigation has pointed to human error and defective code that earmarked the wrong files for deletion as the culprit.

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11 Jan 2021

High Court Rules Against Government Bulk Hacking

The High Court in the UK ruled against the intelligence agencies’ use of bulk hacking for domestic targets. Edward Snowden revealed the use of hacking to target large numbers of users simultaneously in 2014.  In 2016, the Non-profit Privacy International challenged the practice in a secretive court for cases involving

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05 Jan 2021

U.K. Delays Second Covid-19 Vaccine Dose as Europe Ponders How to Speed Up Immunization

The UK has switched gears and delayed administering the second Covid-19 dose to those who have received the first, instead of seeking to give out as many first doses as possible. The decision was announced on Tuesday and has been criticized due to tot eh lack of data on the

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04 Jan 2021

U.K. Judge Blocks Julian Assange’s Extradition to U.S., Citing Suicide Risk

A British judge has rejected the US’s request to extradite Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, on spying charges. The judge cited suicide risk as a reason to reject the extradition request. The decision marks a setback in the US’s agenda to punish Assange, who was found responsible for publishing

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23 Dec 2020

Thousands of truck drivers scramble for tests at UK port after France eases blockade

On Sunday night, several countries around the world such as France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands, shut down borders with the UK and banned travel due to renewed fear brought on by the discovery of a  new mutated variant of coronavirus that was in England. Due to the announcement,

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