03 Feb 2020

UN hacked: Attackers got in via SharePoint vulnerability

Last summer the UN’s database was compromised when hackers broke into 40 UN servers in offices located in Geneva and Vienna, obtaining access to sensitive data that could result in serious and far-reaching repercussions for staff and individuals associated with the UN. However, the UN failed to share the implications

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15 Jan 2020

U.N. Weathers Storm of Emotet-TrickBot Malware

Emotet malware operators have recently targeted the United Nations personnel in an attack that aimed to deliver the TrickBot trojan malware. Researchers at Confense stated that a phishing campaign fraudulently representing the Permanent Mission of Norway has taken place over the last several days. The emails were sent to 600

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09 Dec 2019

12 protesters killed in Baghdad as cleric warns against ‘foreign interference’

On Friday, gunmen operating several vehicles opened fire on an active demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, leaving 12 dead and 22 wounded. This marks one of the most violent days in Baghdad in several weeks. Thousands of anti-government protestors took to the streets of Baghdad in Tahrir Square over the weekend,

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05 Dec 2019

U.S. warship in Gulf seizes missile parts of suspected Iran origin

On Wednesday, a US Navy warship stopped a boat linked to Iran containing advanced missile parts. The Trump administration has been pressuring Tehran to limit its activities in the Gulf region. The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that on November 25, the US had retrieved the missile components on a stateless vessel,

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03 Dec 2019

U.N. to deliver food aid to 4.1 million in Zimbabwe, fears ‘major crisis’

The United Nations announced on Tuesday that it plans to provide food assistance for 4.1 million Zimbabweans amid a food crisis in which a quarter of the population faces shortages due to drought. Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst economic crisis in over 10 years due to inflation on food, fuel,

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25 Oct 2019

Ongoing Phishing Campaign is Targeting UN and NGOs

Threat actors are targeting the United Nations (UN) and several NGOs in a mobile phishing campaign that aims to capture login credentials for Okta, Office 365 and Outlook accounts, research by Lookout shows. The phishing websites check whether users are using a mobile device in order to deliver relevant content.

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09 Oct 2019

US denies report civilians killed in airstrikes on Taliban meth labs

In May of this year, the United States army killed 30 civilians in Afghanistan as part of a military campaign targeting sites said to be used by Taliban members for the production of methamphetamine,  an investigation by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has concluded. UNAMA stated that

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26 Sep 2019

Iran president warns of a region ‘on the edge of collapse’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday told the United Nations General Assembly that the Persian Gulf region “is on the edge of collapse, as a single blunder can fuel a big fire.” The official added that the US should withdraw its troops from the region because peace can only be

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18 Sep 2019

Iran warns US of response to any action over Saudi attack

Iran on Wednesday warned the United States that it will “immediately” respond to “any action” taken by Washington against the country over its alleged involvement in the recent drone attacks that disrupted about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity. Both Washington and Riyadh are accusing Iran of carrying out the attack,

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12 Sep 2019

China urges US to take steps to ensure North Korea talks resume

China wants the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) “in due course” to consider reversing some of the sanctions on North Korea to help the country “alleviate the difficulties brought to the economy and people’s livelihoods by the sanctions,” Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi said on Thursday. Wang expressed hope that

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