Healthcare and Pharmaceutical


  • Guangdong’s coronavirus success shows an outbreak can be controlled, study finds

    April 24, 2020

    New analysis of coronavirus genomes from Guangdong has revealed that mass testing and intervention measures such as travel restrictions were effective at containing the Covid-19 outbreak in China’s most populous province. Researchers from the University of Oxford and the Guangdong Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysed the genomic sequences of 53 patients from Guangdong. ...

  • APT32 Targeting Wuhan Government and Chinese Ministry of Emergency Management

    April 22, 2020

    From at least January to April 2020, suspected Vietnamese actors APT32 carried out intrusion campaigns against Chinese targets that Mandiant Threat Intelligence believes was designed to collect intelligence on the COVID-19 crisis. Spear phishing messages were sent by the actor to China’s Ministry of Emergency Management as well as the government of Wuhan province, where COVID-19 ...

  • State-backed phishing targets U.S. Government employees with fast food lures

    April 22, 2020

    More than a dozen state-backed hacking groups are actively targeting U.S. Government employees and healthcare organizations in phishing campaigns that use lures designed to take advantage of the fears surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. “TAG has specifically identified over a dozen government-backed attacker groups using COVID-19 themes as lure for phishing and malware attempts—trying to get their targets to ...

  • Dogs Are Joining the Fight Against COVID-19 By Learning to Sniff Out the Virus

    April 19, 2020

    For years, dogs have been helping to keep humans safe by sniffing out narcotics, improvised explosive devices, pests, natural disasters, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and now—yes, you guessed it—the novel coronavirus. A medical charity in England that has successfully trained dogs to detect malaria is now attempting to train man’s best friend to identify the smell of COVID-19. The charity, ...

  • Prague Airport says thwarted several cyber attacks; hospitals also targeted

    April 18, 2020

    Prague Airport and a regional Czech hospital said on Saturday they had thwarted cyber attacks on their IT networks, reinforcing warnings by the national cyber security watchdog of likely attempts to harm the country’s infrastructure. “Attempted attacks on web pages of the airport were detected in preparatory phases,” the airport’s spokeswoman said in an emailed statement. ...

  • WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation report – 87

    April 15, 2020

    No new country/territory/area reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Speaking at the COVID-19 media briefing yesterday, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros stressed that our “commitment to public health, science and to serving all the people of the world without fear or favour remains absolute.” The Director-General’s speech is available here. WHO has releaseda substantial update ...

  • Cyberattacks Target Healthcare Orgs on Coronavirus Frontlines

    April 14, 2020

    Recent malware campaigns reveal that cybercriminals aren’t sparing healthcare firms, medical suppliers and hospitals on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Researchers have shed light on two recently uncovered malware campaigns: one targeting a Canadian government healthcare organization and a Canadian medical research university, and the other hitting medical organizations and medical research facilities worldwide. The emails ...

  • Coronavirus: Police bust massive face mask scam

    April 14, 2020

    Police across Europe foiled an intricate fake face mask plot that nearly cost German authorities €15 million ($16.4 million), Europol announced on Tuesday. At least two people have been detained in the case, which involved investigations across Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland and the UK. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world are facing shortages ...

  • You need a special lab to study the coronavirus. Here’s what it takes to get one up and running

    April 9, 2020

    Before the pandemic, there was only a small group of researchers dedicated to studying coronaviruses. Now though, scientists around the world are turning their focus to the virus called SARS-CoV-2. There’s a snag, however. While researchers can more easily study the genetic sequence of the virus or the epidemiology of the pandemic, conducting a full suite of ...

  • WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation report – 78

    April 7, 2020

    Data as received by WHO from national authorities by 10:00 CET 7 April 2020 Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report –78 HIGHLIGHTS One new country/territory/area reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours: São Tomé and Príncipe. Today, 7 April, marks World Health Day and this year WHO pays tribute to the incredible contribution of all ...

  • Bengal: One dead after two groups clash with crude bombs, guns over quarantine centre

    April 6, 2020

    One person died after two groups of villagers clashed with each other and hurled crude bombs over setting up of a quarantine centre at Talibpur village in West Bengal’s Birbhum district. Seven people have been arrested by Panrui police. “There was a clash between two groups in the village last night. One person succumbed to bomb ...

  • WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation report – 72

    April 1, 2020

      Three new countries/territories/areas reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours: Botswana, Burundi, and Sierra Leone. WHO has released a scientific brief on the off-label use of medicines for COVID-19. A number of medicines have been suggested as potential investigational therapies, many of which are now being or will soon be studied in clinical trials, ...

  • COVID-19: Why weren’t we ready?

    March 30, 2020

    In May 2009, Alan Johnson, the then Labour health secretary, was questioned by the House of Lords science and technology committee. The committee was, in the midst of the 2009 swine flu outbreak, investigating the threat of pandemic influenza. Swine flu would infect 780,000 people in the UK in 2009, but only 203 died. The ...

  • Ventilator Challenge UK Consortium: Companies now received formal orders from the Government in excess of 10,000 units

    March 30, 2020

    A consortium of significant UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors, has come together to produce medical ventilators for the UK. The VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium (“the consortium”) is led by Dick Elsy, CEO of High Value Manufacturing Catapult, a group of manufacturing research centres in the UK. Over the past week ...

  • US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): Guidance On The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

    March 28, 2020

    As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America that highlighted the importance of the critical infrastructure workforce. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authorities to secure critical infrastructure. Consistent with these authorities, CISA has developed, in ...

  • Why the pandemic is a hotbed for cyber attacks

    March 28, 2020

    On 14 March, computer systems at the University Hospital Brno in Czech Republic gradually began to fail. The hospital — the second largest in the country and home to one of its key coronavirus testing laboratories — had been hit by a cyber attack. Several well-known hacker groups have since issued statements vowing not to target ...

  • Ryuk Ransomware Keeps Targeting Hospitals During the Pandemic

    March 26, 2020

    The Ryuk Ransomware operators to continue to target hospitals even as these organizations are overwhelmed during the Coronavirus pandemic. Last week BleepingComputer contacted various ransomware groups and asked if they would target hospitals and other healthcare organizations during the pandemic. With the amount of strain healthcare organizations are under during this pandemic, I was hoping that ransomware operators would ...

  • FBI agents kill man allegedly plotting bomb attack on hospital amid coronavirus pandemic

    March 26, 2020

    A man fatally injured by the FBI was planning a bomb attack on a medical facility in the Kansas City area, the agency said in a news release on Wednesday. Timothy Wilson, 36, was injured on Tuesday when FBI agents served a probable cause arrest warrant in Belton, Missouri, after a long-running domestic terrorism investigation, according to a statement ...

  • WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation report – 65

    March 25, 2020

    Two new countries/territories/areas from the Western Pacific Region have reported cases of COVID-19. OpenWHO released its introductory video on COVID-19 in Indian sign language yesterday, which is the first sign language resource on the platform. The video already has nearly 900 enrolments.Courses in additional languages can be found here. As the ...

  • The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA): Call for rapid sanitising technology for ambulances

    March 25, 2020

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for rapid sanitising technology to speed up the time it takes to clean ambulances to help in the national effort against Coronavirus and save lives. It can take up to 45 minutes to clean ambulances once they have transported a patient suspected of having COVID-19. Some ambulance cleaning centres ...