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As the world continues to battle with the deadly coronavirus pandemic, immoral cybercriminals are once again on the prowl. This time, they are using the chaos and fear through phishing techniques and sophisticated malware hacks to access people’s crypto holdings. On March 27, residents in the United Kingdom received warnings from their local councils “to...
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Cyberattacks surged by 380% between 2014 and 2015Credit: Markus Spiske. The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) has become the latest power sector organisation to have fallen victim of a cyberattack. ENTSO-E – which represents 42 European transmission system operators in 35 countries – said on 9 March 2020 it had recently...
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The controversial Israeli technology company NSO Group is attempting to woo Western governments with software it says can analyse the spread of COVID-19 using mobile phone data. NSO Group is currently being sued by Facebook for allegedly hacking WhatsApp, an accusation which the company denies. It also denies developing spyware tools which critics say it...
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Photo by Wally Gobetz, via Flickr Baltimore’s revenue is expected to decline $68.7 million in the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, and the city is forecasting revenue will decline by $103 million in the next fiscal year due to the coronavirus’ crippling effect on the local economy. Officials anticipate a budget deficit of...
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America’s two oceans that once symbolized an enduring national myth of invulnerability from faraway health disasters and malevolent threats no longer offer any such illusion. Two huge game changers, trans-ocean airliners and a globally-wired-together, AI-empowered Internet of Things, have rendered previous geographical separations and territorial boundary controls defensively impotent against highly-infectious new breeds of biological...
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By Sam Wong , Adam Vaughan , Conrad Quilty-Harper and Layal Liverpool British Airways planes parked up in a row at Gatwick airport.Mike Hewitt/Getty Images Latest coronavirus news as of 5PM on 31 March Planes grounded as flight demand continues to fall British Airways will suspend all flights to and from London’s Gatwick airport. The...
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Written by StateScoop Staff Mar 31, 2020 | STATESCOOP Upgrading the nation’s 911 networks is essential to modernizing how first responders assist America’s communities in today’s wireless- and IP-driven world. State and local government leaders are already making important investment decisions about how to modernize their underlying network infrastructure and bridge the vast patchwork of...
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A group of Nigerian scammers blamed for email fraud accelerated their attacks last year by attempting an average of more than 90,000 attacks per month. The hacking crew, dubbed SilverTerrier by security researchers, began around 2014 as a small group that experimented with easy-to-detect hacking tools. By 2019, though, it had evolved into a team of “mature cybercriminals” who...
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By Christopher Ott March 30, 2020, 5:27 PM EDT Law360 (March 30, 2020, 5:27 PM EDT) — Christopher Ott Right now, the world wrestles with a colossal viral outbreak. In response to the crisis, hundreds of millions of people are staying home to reduce their personal risks and to flatten the curve for society overall....
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One lesson to be learned during the COVID-19 pandemic is that during a time of fear, confusion and uncertainty, cybercriminals show no mercy. At a time when workers and their employers should be more worried about the health of their families and the world’s ability to overcome a virus, the number of phishing campaigns is...
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Governments around the world are continuing their efforts in establishing digital channels to provide online services to the public. They are increasingly using email, websites, and mobile apps to provide online services. Denmark, for example, is among the global leaders in e-government and has made using digital tools mandatory for communication between its citizens and...
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WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) – Elite hackers tried to break into the World Health Organization earlier this month, sources told Reuters, part of what a senior agency official said was a more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks. Traffic passes the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO) during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak...
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In February 2007, Canadian biomedical engineering technologist Clarence Graansma set up a blog to document what he called the “Pandemic Ventilator Project”. The banner at the top described its purpose: This blog documents our attempt to construct a ventilator design for use in a Flu Pandemic that can be made from readily available materials at the last...
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Is self-preservation, rather than altruism, behind promises of no more cyber-attacks during COVID-19 … [+] crisis? Getty As leading cybercrime gangs promise not to attack healthcare organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, can we take them at their word? The coronavirus pandemic continues to bring out the best in so many people as individuals, communities and...
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New York City is essentially closed. This hasn’t happened since September 11, 2001. A new virus … [+] discovered in China in late 2019 is to blame. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) ASSOCIATED PRESS The September 11 terrorist attacks brought us TSA security, not to mention the regime change wars no one can stand anymore. The great...
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For each new transmission of coronavirus, imagine the “tick tick tick” of a stopwatch. At least 2 million adults in the US could require hospitalization over the course of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates; that’s more than double the nation’s supply of hospital beds. Curfews and social distancing will hopefully...
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the nation, local governments are facing an additional obstacle: cyber attacks. “We know that malicious emails, phishing attempts and ransomware attacks are up 40 percent,” Buncombe County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Fletcher Tove said. At a media briefing Friday, Tove warned health care and...
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Next-generation 5G mobile networks are finally rolling out around the world, after years of promises and anticipation. And the pace of adoption is only set to accelerate; a recent report from Ericsson predicted that 65% of the world’s population will have access to 5G by 2025, with smartphone data usage shooting up to 24GB a...
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Finastra, a leading financial technology provider from the UK, announced that it had to take several servers offline following a ransomware attack detected earlier today. The fintech company provides financial software and services to more than 9,000 customers of all sizes from 130 countries across the globe, including 90 of the top 100 banks globally. Finastra also...
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A federal intelligence agency is telling Canada’s COVID-19 researchers to lock down their data because sophisticated hackers are out to “steal ongoing key research toward a vaccine.” This warning from the domestic data-security arm of Communications Security Establishment (CSE), comes as global scientists are working together to get the pandemic under control. While many scientists...
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