News – November 2020

 


  • Covid vaccine: Moderna seeks approval in US and Europe

    November 30, 2020

    Moderna is filing for US and European emergency regulatory approval of its coronavirus vaccine so that it can be recommended for widespread use. Regulators will look at trial data for the mRNA vaccine and decide if it is safe and effective enough to recommend for roll out. Clinical studies show the jab is more than 94% effective ...

  • Covid Vaccines: 5 Things An Actual Scientist Wants Anti-Vaxxers To Know

    November 30, 2020

    2020 has been a bumper year for conspiracy theories. The coronavirus crisis has breathed new life into nonsense-based movements such as QAnon and David Icke. And the recent flurry of positive news around vaccines has inevitably focused some of this misguided energy into the supposed harms and risks associated with inoculation, once again fuelling the anti-vax movement ...

  • UK: Thousands of turkeys to be culled after bird flu outbreak at North Yorkshire farm

    November 29, 2020

    More than 10,000 turkeys are to be culled at a farm in North Yorkshire after an outbreak of bird flu. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said avian influenza poses little risk to public health and the H5N8 strain of the virus involved does not affect food safety. All 10,500 birds at the turkey fattening ...

  • COVID-19: Baby ‘born with antibodies’ after mother contracted virus while pregnant – report

    November 29, 2020

    A woman who had COVID-19 when she was pregnant has given birth to a baby who has antibodies against the virus, according to a report. The Singaporean woman caught the virus in March and the baby was born on 7 November, COVID-free but with antibodies, the Straits Times reported. The mother, Celine Ng-Chan, told the newspaper: “My ...

  • 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 ...