News – October 2020

 


  • Crude bomb attack targets the health authorities in Germany

    October 31, 2020

    Last Sunday, before Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany announced a second national lockdown, a homemade bomb exploded in the early morning hours in central Berlin, close to a research institute that tracks virus cases and less than a mile from Ms. Merkel’s office. The bomb produced a flash and a boom but not much else. ...

  • Why does liberal Tunisia still struggle with extremists?

    October 31, 2020

    Though details are still emerging, French media have reported that the attacker who killed three people in Nice on Thursday had recently arrived in Europe from Tunisia. That fact will stick in the mind of many in the city, where a truck attack by a Tunisian in 2016 claimed 86 lives. For a country that is ...

  • Wroba Mobile Banking Trojan Spreads to the U.S. via Texts

    October 30, 2020

    The Wroba mobile banking trojan has made a major pivot, targeting people in the U.S. for the first time. According to researchers at Kaspersky, a wave of attacks are taking aim at U.S. Android and iPhone users in an effort that started on Thursday. The campaign uses text messages to spread, using fake notifications for “package ...

  • UK: The Eat Out to Help Out scheme caused a “significant” rise in new coronavirus infections – study

    October 30, 2020

    The Eat Out to Help Out scheme caused a “significant” rise in new coronavirus infections, a new study has suggested. According to the University of Warwick, the sharp increase in COVID-19 infection clusters emerged a week after the scheme began. The government’s initiative was designed to boost the economy after the national lockdown, and allowed pubs and ...

  • Manchester Arena bombing: Guilty plea to fraud charges over precursor chemicals bought on Amazon

    October 29, 2020

    A man has pleaded guilty to fraud in relation to chemicals bought by the brother of the Manchester Arena bomber. Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard that Yahya Werfalli’s bank details were used to buy hydrogen peroxide on Amazon. The chemicals were acquired by brothers Salman and Hashem Abedi for the bomb that killed 22 people in May 2017 Werfalli, ...

  • US focused on disrupting finances for Somalia’s al-Shabab

    October 29, 2020

    UNITED NATIONS — The United States strongly backed efforts to disrupt the illegal financing methods used by Somalia’s al-Shabab extremist group, which according to U.N. experts raised more than the $21 million it spent last year on fighters, weapons and intelligence. U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft told the Security Council on Wednesday the Trump administration is committed ...

  • FBI warning: Trickbot and ransomware attackers plan big hit on US hospitals

    October 29, 2020

    US healthcare providers, already under pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic, have been put on high alert over Trickbot malware and ransomware targeting the sector. The warning over an “imminent cybercrime threat to US hospitals and healthcare providers” comes from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), ...

  • Covid-19 sniffing Security Dogs coming to a City near you

    October 29, 2020

    Sniffer dogs are successfully being trained to sniff out Covid-19 on humans and according to a leading security firm their use could become mainstream by Easter 2021. Security dogs are well known for their super sniffing abilities – money, drugs, explosives. However, recent trials have been successful in using canines to sniff out Covid-19 leading to ...

  • UK under pressure as COVID-19 epidemic doubling every 9 days

    October 29, 2020

    The British government is under pressure to develop a national strategy to combat a surge of COVID-19 cases and “rescue Christmas” as scientists warn that the number of people hospitalized with the disease in the U.K. could almost triple by the end of next month unless something more is done now. Mark Walport, a former chief ...

  • Security of supply is crucial to the future energy system says IEA

    October 29, 2020

    Security of supply needs a more comprehensive approach if the energy transformation challenges are to be met, IEA indicates in a new report. Evolving challenges include cyber threats, extreme weather events and not least the rapidly growing shares of variable renewable generation from wind and solar. And each of these impacts on security of supply in ...

  • Lockdowns return to France and Germany as Europe confronts second wave

    October 29, 2020

    Two of Europe’s biggest economies are reinstating some form of national lockdown, as the continent confronts a surge in coronavirus cases and deaths. From Friday people in France will only be allowed to leave home for essential work or medical reasons. President Emmanuel Macron said the country risked being “overwhelmed by a second wave that no doubt ...

  • Knife attack in Nice: Woman decapitated as three die in ‘suspected terror attack’

    October 29, 2020

    A woman has been decapitated in a suspected terror attack in Nice, French police say. Three people have died and several others are injured after a knife attack reportedly took place near the Notre Dame church. Nice’s mayor Christian Estrosi told reporters: “The suspected knife attacker was shot by police while being detained, he is on his ...

  • Australia’s COVID-19 hotspot state reports one case after four month city lockdown lifted

    October 29, 2020

    Australia’s COVID-19 hotspot state Victoria reported only one new infection on Thursday, a day after it lifted a four month lockdown in the city of Melbourne. Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said that while there were three positive cases of COVID-19 detected in the past 24 hours, two may be old infections. “This is another good day,” ...

  • Short of medics as virus surges, central Europe sounds alarm

    October 29, 2020

    Soldiers in Poland are giving coronavirus tests. American National Guard troops with medical training are headed to the Czech Republic to work alongside doctors there. A Czech university student is running blood samples to labs, and the mayor of the capital is taking shifts at a hospital. With cases surging in many central European countries, firefighters, ...

  • Nearly 200 European airports at risk of insolvency due to COVID-19 impact, warns a new report

    October 28, 2020

    Nearly 200 airports across Europe are at risk of insolvency due to the collapse in air travel, the European airports’ trade body has warned. A report by Airports Council International (ACI) Europe has estimated that 193 airports on the continent “face insolvency in the coming months if passenger traffic does not start to recover by the ...