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Fraudsters start selling COVID-19 vaccine for Bitcoin - 01/14/2021

Check Point, a cybersecurity company, found more than 340 advertisements for coronavirus vaccines on the darknet. The scammers are asking between $250 and $1,000 for a vaccine shot, and they are also willing to accept bitcoins. Check Point found 34 sites offering to buy the COVID-19 vaccine in total, compared to eight in a similar survey in December, according to CNBC. Check Point decided to...

Italy teeters on the brink of a political crisis - 01/13/2021

Italy is on the verge of a political crisis after one of the parties in the ruling coalition threatened to quit the government. This was reported by Bloomberg, citing officials who wished to remain anonymous. According to the publication, former prime minister of the country and leader of the centrist party Italia Viva Matteo Renzi may decide to withdraw two ministers who belong to his party...

Facebook, Microsoft and Google join financial aid freeze for Democrats and Republicans - 01/12/2021

Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Ford and Dow have joined banks in stopping donations to Democratic and Republican Party members amid the recent riots at the Capitol building in Washington. The companies want to review last week's events, Axios reported. Facebook is freezing all political donations and is starting to review its spending practices for such purposes, Facebook spokesman told Axios....

Kyodo: 80% of Japanese believe the Tokyo Olympics should be cancelled or postponed - 01/11/2021

80% of Japanese people believe that the Summer Olympics, to be held this summer in Tokyo, should be cancelled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the possible increase in the number of infections if the competitions are held. Kyodo news agency published such findings, received in a survey, on Sunday. The Tokyo Summer Olympics were due to take place in 2020, but were postponed...

Henley & Partners pubilshes new world passports ranking: "It's useless in COVID-19 era" - 01/07/2021

The consulting company Henley & Partners has been publishing the World Passport Index for more than 15 years, together with the International Air Transport Association. But for the first time, the ranking itself is of little importance. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in most visa-free agreements not working. According to the new version of the passport index, Japan is still the world...

Saudi Arabia gets $653,000 fine from USA - 12/29/2020

The United States will receive $653,000 from the Saudis for violating sanctions on Sudan and Syria, the US Treasury said on 28 December. The money will be paid to the Americans by the National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia. An agreement has been reached between the US and the bank. A statement from the US Treasury said the bank "agreed to pay $653,300 as a settlement of liability for 13...

Kaspersky Lab reports hacking attacks on COVID-19 researchers - 12/29/2020

The hacker group Lazarus has launched two attacks on organizations involved in coronavirus research, Kaspersky Lab reported. The targets of the hackers, whose activities were discovered by the company, were the Ministry of Health in one of the Asian countries and a pharmaceutical company. According to Kaspersky Lab, the attack took place on September 25th. The hackers used the Bookcode virus,...

Analysts expect China to become the world's largest economy by 2028 - 12/28/2020

China will overtake the US to become the world's biggest economy by 2028, five years earlier than expected, CEBR analysts forecasted. They also expect India to push Japan out of the top three economies in the early 2030s. China will overtake the United States to become the world's biggest economy in 2028, five years earlier than it was expected, says the Centre for Economics and Business Research...

EU, UK agree on Brexit deal - 12/25/2020

The European Union and the UK have managed to work out an agreement on the relationship after Brexit. This was announced by the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, at a press conference in Brussels. The agreement establishes the format of relations between Europe and the UK in trade, transport communication, fisheries and other spheres. The parties were to agree on its terms by...

Massive cyberattack hits US government at all levels - 12/24/2020

A hacker attack through SolarWinds software affected the internal networks of the US federal, state and local governments, the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said. The authority urged organisations to prioritise action to identify and resolve the threat. In addition to government agencies, the attack through SolarWinds affected "critical infrastructure and other private...
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