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  • Personal data of 16 million Brazilian COVID-19 patients exposed online

    November 26, 2020

    The personal and health information of more than 16 million Brazilian COVID-19 patients has been leaked online after a hospital employee uploaded a spreadsheet with usernames, passwords, and access keys to sensitive government systems on GitHub this month. Among the systems that had credentials exposed were E-SUS-VE and Sivep-Gripe, two government databases used to store data ...

  • Kansas: WPD’s Explosive Detection K-9 ‘Boomer’ goes viral for daily treadmill workout

    November 26, 2020

    Boomer is a two-and-a-half-year-old Golden Retriever and he loves running on the treadmill. He’s WPD’s new explosive detection canine and like his co-workers, he tries to stay healthy and in shape to keep up with the job. He and his handler, Detective Stephanie Neal, workout together every day at the police gym at City Hall. “He normally ...

  • Three arrested as INTERPOL, Group-IB and the Nigeria Police Force disrupt prolific cybercrime group

    November 25, 2020

    Three suspects have been arrested in Lagos following a joint INTERPOL, Group-IB and Nigeria Police Force cybercrime investigation. The Nigerian nationals are believed to be members of a wider organized crime group responsible for distributing malware, carrying out phishing campaigns and extensive Business Email Compromise scams. The suspects are alleged to have developed phishing links, domains, ...

  • UK: Far-right extremist jailed for terror and explosives offences

    November 24, 2020

    A far-right extremist has been jailed for possessing explosives and terrorist documents. Filip Golon Bednarczyk, 26, denied planning an attack or attempting to make a bomb and claimed he was acting on “curiosity borne out of boredom”. Giving evidence at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, he said he had downloaded numerous terrorist manuals and collected chemicals and ...

  • Saudi oil facility hit by Houthi projectile attack

    November 24, 2020

    A fuel tank at a petroleum products distribution station in Jeddah burst into flames, following an explosion caused by a projectile attack. The attack took place at 3.50am on the morning of November 24, Saudi Press Agency reported, citing a Ministry of Energy spokesperson. No casualties were reported. Meanwhile, Saudi Aramco’s fuel supplies remained unaffected, the spokesperson ...

  • New law unveiled to make UK 5G network safer

    November 24, 2020

    A bill that would give the government greater powers to shut out high-risk vendors from the UK’s telecoms infrastructure will be put before parliament on Tuesday. At the beginning of the year, ministers determined that additional safeguards should be put into place to protect the UK’s 5G and gigabit-capable networks and exclude ‘high risk’ vendors from ...

  • How Effective Are The Covid-19 Vaccine Candidates?

    November 23, 2020

    The University of Oxford and pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca have become the latest developers to release initial data regarding the effectiveness of their Covid-19 vaccine candidate. Interim data from Phase III trials has revealed that their vaccine is 70.4% effective at preventing Covid-19 and the news comes hot on the heels of positive results from other ...

  • UK: Unknown object comes within 10ft of aircraft in high-risk near-miss at Leeds Bradford airport

    November 23, 2020

    A report revealed that the object presented a “high” risk of collision with the plane during the incident on 1 September. According to the UK Airprox Board, which investigates near misses between aircraft, “the object appeared without warning and there was no time to act.” The pilots of the Boeing 737 both reported seeing a bright light ...

  • Covid-19: Oxford University vaccine is highly effective

    November 23, 2020

    The coronavirus vaccine developed by the University of Oxford is highly effective at stopping people developing Covid-19 symptoms, a large trial shows. Interim data suggests 70% protection, but the researchers say the figure may be as high as 90% by tweaking the dose. The results will be seen as a triumph, but come after Pfizer and Moderna ...

  • Bird flu: Nearly 200,000 chickens culled in the Netherlands after multiple outbreaks

    November 22, 2020

    Dutch authorities slaughtered around 190,000 chickens after a particularly contagious strain of bird flu appeared on at least two poultry farms, agriculture minister Carola Schouten said on Sunday. Health workers killed 100,000 hens on a farm in Hekendorp, not far from Gouda, in the west of the Netherlands, and 90,000 chickens on a farm in Witmarsum, ...

  • IT threat evolution Q3 2020

    November 20, 2020

    IT threat evolution Q3 2020 Mobile statistics The statistics presented here draw on detection verdicts returned by Kaspersky products and received from users who consented to providing statistical data. Quarterly figures According to Kaspersky Security Network, the third quarter saw: 1,189 797 detected malicious installers, of which 39,051 packages were related to mobile banking trojans; 6063 packages proved to be mobile ...

  • Singapore investigating claims Muslim app developer sold user data to US military

    November 20, 2020

    Singapore is investigating claims that local-based mobile app, Muslim Pro, has sold “granular location data” to the US military. Clocking more than 98.5 million downloads worldwide, the popular prayer tracking app has denied the allegations, saying it shares only anonymised data with its partners. The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) confirmed it was investing the allegations ...

  • Pharma official: Anti-microbial resistance larger than COVID-19 crisis

    November 20, 2020

    Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a looming crisis and potentially “even larger than the COVID-19” pandemic, the CEO of one of the few remaining antibiotic producers with a manufacturing presence in the EU told EURACTIV in an interview. Rex Clements, the chief executive of Centrient, said one fundamental step to prevent this crisis is to recognise the ...

  • Purdue joins U.S. Department of Energy supported Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute led by the University of Texas at San Antonio

    November 19, 2020

    The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) today formally launched the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CyManII), a $111 million public-private partnership. Led by UTSA, the university will enter into a five-year corporative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to lead a consortium of 59 proposed member institutions in introducing a cybersecure energy-ROI ...

  • HHS Secretary Azar says Pfizer is expected to file FDA application for coronavirus vaccine Friday with Moderna soon to follow

    November 19, 2020

    Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday that Pfizer is expected to file an application to the FDA for emergency use of its coronavirus vaccine on Friday, with Moderna soon to follow. “Pfizer’s partner, BioNTech, has announced that tomorrow they intend to file for emergency use authorization at the FDA,” Azar said during the ...

  • Covid anti-vaxxers should face action for spreading false information that ‘could cost lives’, Britain’s top counter-terror officer says

    November 19, 2020

    Anti-vaxxers who spread false news about the dangers of a coronavirus cure could be be punished by new laws to tackle misinformation. The problem of malicious propaganda potentially causing people to die after avoiding treatment should be debated, according to Britain’s top counter-terrorism officer. Met Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said that there should be a discussion about ...

  • The UK’s new offensive cyber unit takes on organised crime and hostile states

    November 19, 2020

    A new offensive force made up of spies, cyber experts and the members of the military is already conducting cyber operations to disrupt hostile state activities, terrorists and criminals, the UK government has revealed. The new group – known as the National Cyber Force – aims to tackle threats to the UK’s national security such as ...

  • IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act Passed, Heads to President’s Desk

    November 19, 2020

    Security experts are applauding the recent stamp of approval by the U.S. Senate on a groundbreaking internet-of-things (IoT) security regulatory effort. The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act, which was led in bipartisan sponsorship by Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), would require the federal procurement and use of IoT devices to conform to basic security ...

  • Food-Supply Giant Americold Admits Cyberattack

    November 19, 2020

    Americold, a company whose cold-storage capabilities are integral to the U.S. food-supply chain (and soon, COVID-19 vaccine distribution), has confirmed an operations-impacting cyberattack, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The filing was brief and read in part: “As a precautionary measure, the company took immediate steps to help contain the incident ...

  • Exploiting AI – How Cybercriminals Misuse and Abuse Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

    November 19, 2020

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is swiftly fueling the development of a more dynamic world. AI, a subfield of computer science that is interconnected with other disciplines, promises greater efficiency and higher levels of automation and autonomy. Simply put, it is a dual-use technology at the heart of the fourth industrial revolution. Together with machine learning (ML) ...