16 September 2020 Security News
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- Anarchist Groups Tied to Riots in 4 US Cities VOA 16 Sep 2020 -- Far-right groups in America such as the anti-government Boogaloo Boys have long used a host of tactics and platforms to incite violence, including dehumanizing memes, online forums and organized militias.
- No Signs of Cyberattacks Targeting US Election Systems VOA 16 Sep 2020 -- Top U.S. law enforcement, military and intelligence officials are expressing confidence in their ability to maintain the security of the upcoming presidential election, despite mounting evidence that several countries remain intent on meddling with the vote.
- FBI Has Not Detected Any Foreign Attacks on US Election Infrastructure - Director Sputnik 16 Sep 2020 -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has not identified any foreign attacks on US election infrastructure since the start of the year, FBI Director Christopher Wray said in an address to the National Cybersecurity Summit.
- FBI Strategy Addresses Evolving Cyber Threat FBI 16 Sep 2020 -- Director Wray Emphasizes Closer Partnerships to Combat Cyber Threats and Impose Greater Costs to Cyber Actors
- FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich's Remarks at Press Conference on China-Related Cyber Indictments FBI 16 Sep 2020 -- FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich delivered the following remarks during a press conference in Washington, D.C. with Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and other officials announcing charges against seven international cyber defendants, including APT 41 actors, in connection with computer intrusion campaigns against more than 100 victims globally. (Remarks as delivered)
- Remarks by Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen at an Announcement of Charges and Arrests in Computer Intrusion Campaigns Related to China US Dept. of Justice 16 Sep 2020
- US Charges 5 Chinese, 2 Malaysians in Global Computer Intrusion Campaign VOA 16 Sep 2020 -- U.S. prosecutors announced criminal charges on Wednesday against five suspected Chinese hackers and two Malaysian businessmen in connection with cyber intrusions in recent years on more than 100 companies and other entities in the United States and in other countries.
- US Sanctions 2 Russians in Crypto Theft Scheme VOA 16 Sep 2020 -- The U.S. government announced sanctions Wednesday on two Russian nationals for their role in the theft of at least $16.8 million worth of cryptocurrency.
- The United States Sanctions Russian Nationals for Phishing Campaign US Dept. of State 16 Sep 2020 -- Today, in a coordinated action with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of the Treasury sanctioned two Russian nationals for their involvement in a sophisticated phishing campaign in 2017 and 2018 that targeted customers of two U.S.-based, and one foreign-based, virtual asset service providers, commonly known as cryptocurrency exchanges.
- Treasury Sanctions Russian Cyber Actors for Virtual Currency Theft US Treasury 16 Sep 2020 -- Today, in a coordinated action with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned two Russian nationals for their involvement in a sophisticated phishing campaign in 2017 and 2018 that targeted customers of two U.S.-based and one foreign-based virtual asset service providers.
- Two Iranian Nationals Charged in Cyber Theft Campaign Targeting Computer Systems in United States, Europe, and the Middle East US Dept. of Justice 16 Sep 2020 -- Two Iranian nationals have been charged in connection with a coordinated cyber intrusion campaign - sometimes at the behest of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran) - targeting computers in New Jersey, elsewhere in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, the Department of Justice announced today.
- Minnesota Man Charged with Providing Material Support to ISIS US Dept. of Justice 16 Sep 2020 -- Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers and U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald for the District of Minnesota today announced that Abdelhamid Al-Madioum, 23, of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, has been charged by indictment with providing material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.
- United States Citizen Who Joined ISIS Charged With Material Support Violations US Dept. of Justice 16 Sep 2020 -- An indictment and arrest warrant were unsealed today in the federal court of the District of Columbia charging Lirim Sylejmani, a Kosovo-born naturalized U.S. citizen, with conspiring to provide, providing, and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization, and receiving training from ISIS, in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 2339B and 2339D.
- Cuccinelli Condemns House Homeland Security Committee Majority for Ignoring Worldwide Threats DHS 16 Sep 2020 -- On Wednesday, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) refused DHS's multiple offers to have a senior department official present at a hearing on worldwide threats.
- Cases Registered Under Anti-Terror Laws India PIB 16 Sep 2020 -- 'Public Order' and 'Police' are State subjects as per the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India. However, National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) is the Central Agency which compiles the data on crimes as reported by States and Union Territories and publishes the same in its annual publication "Crime in India".
- Islamic Terrorists in Southern States India PIB 16 Sep 2020 -- Some instances of individuals from different States, including Southern States, having joined Islamic State (IS) have come to the notice of Central and State Security Agencies.
- Terrorist Incidents After Revocation of Article 370 India PIB 16 Sep 2020 -- After 5th August, 2019, the number of terrorist incidents in Jammu and Kashmir have reduced significantly as under: -
COVID-19 Pandemic News
- Protect lives, mitigate future shocks and recover better: UN-wide COVID-19 response UN News 16 Sep 2020 -- Over the course of 2020 thus far, the coronavirus has taken hundreds of thousands of lives, infected millions of people, and wreaked socio-economic, humanitarian and human rights havoc, the United Nations said in a new report released on Wednesday.
- UN chief: COVID-19 vaccine must be affordable and available to all UN News 16 Sep 2020 -- The continuing COVID-19 pandemic continues to top a long list of global concerns, the UN chief told journalists on Wednesday, noting that "the grimmest of milestones" is upon us.
- UN Chief: COVID-19 Pandemic 'Out of Control' VOA 16 Sep 2020 -- The U.N. Secretary-General warned Wednesday the coronavirus pandemic is "out of control," and he called for global solidarity in making a future vaccine affordable and available to all.
- More research needed into COVID-19 effects on children, says WHO head UN News 16 Sep 2020 -- More research is needed into factors that increase the risk of severe COVID-19 disease among children and adolescents, the head of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) has said, adding that while children may have largely been spared many of the most severe effects, they have suffered in other ways.
- Worldwide Coronavirus Cases Cross 29.52 Million, Death Toll at 931,954 SPA 16 Sep 2020 -- More than 29.52 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 931,954 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
- State Officials Announce Latest COVID-19 Facts California Department of Public Health 16 Sep 2020
- Remarks by President Trump in Press Briefing | September 16, 2020 The White House 16 Sep 2020
- Trump Administration Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Strategy DoD 16 Sep 2020 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense (DoD) today released two documents outlining the Trump Administration's detailed strategy to deliver safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses to the American people as quickly and reliably as possible.
- Biden Counters Trump With COVID-19 Vaccine Delivery Plan of His Own VOA 16 Sep 2020 -- Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden on Wednesday called for an outside board of scientists, not President Donald Trump, to determine whether any vaccine for the coronavirus is safe and effective.
- Defense Experience, Capabilities Further 'Herculean' Operation Warp Speed Efforts DoD News 16 Sep 2020 -- Since announced in May the "Operation Warp Speed" program has worked to develop, manufacture and distribute medical countermeasures for COVID-19. Along with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Defense Department is an integral part of that effort, said the DOD's chief of supply and distribution for OWS.
- Nearly 550,000 children in U.S. test positive for COVID-19 People's Daily 16 Sep 2020 -- Nearly 550,000 children in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the onset of the pandemic, according to a new report of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association.
- Trump dismissed coronavirus as leader test of lifetime: Woodward Press TV 16 Sep 2020 -- US President Donald Trump did not consider the coronavirus as a once-in-a-lifetime challenge in early days of the pandemic, according to a CNN interview by Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward.
- US Government Releases Plan to Distribute Free COVID-19 Vaccines to All Americans Sputnik 16 Sep 2020 -- The US Department of Defense and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have outlined a plan to make a future COVID-19 vaccine available for free to all Americans.
- SW China border city's COVID-19 tests in full swing to quell epidemic risk Global Times 16 Sep 2020 -- The China-Myanmar border city Ruili in Southwest China's Yunnan Province, which has ground to a halt after illegal border crossings, has tested more than 80,000 residents so far, aiming to detect COVID-19 infections and nip the spread of the virus in the bud.
- Chinese border city deals with accidental poisoning and new coronavirus cases Global Times 16 Sep 2020 -- Ruili, a Chinese border city with Myanmar is facing a second health crisis this week with a deadly, accidental poisoning that has killed one worker just a day after the city reported several coronavirus infections among people who had illegally crossed the border.
- China releases latest version of COVID-19 guidelines, stressing cold chain safety Global Times 16 Sep 2020 -- China's Health Commission on Tuesday officially released the 7th version of the COVID-19 prevention and control guidelines, which feature revision of etiological and epidemiological characteristics, epidemic surveillance, epidemiological investigation, close contact management and response.
- Chinese mainland reports no new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases People's Daily 16 Sep 2020 -- No new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday across the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.
- Hong Kong to ease social-distancing controls with no new local infections recorded People's Daily 16 Sep 2020 -- Hong Kong will further loosen social distancing measures from Friday to let more entertainment venues reopen as the number of new local infections dropped to zero for the first time since early July.
- COVID-19 vaccine not widely available before mid-2021: German minister People's Daily 16 Sep 2020 -- A vaccine against the novel coronavirus would not be widely available before the middle of next year, Germany's Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek said on Tuesday.
- UK Facing Real Challenges With COVID-19 Testing Capacity, Minister Admits Sputnik 16 Sep 2020 -- Earlier, London Mayor Sadiq Khan ordered a massive study into the future challenges and opportunities facing the heart of the UK capital as a result of long-term COVID-19 social and economic effects.
- Russia to sell 100mn doses of COVID-19 vaccine to India Press TV 16 Sep 2020 -- Russia's sovereign wealth fund has reportedly reached a deal to sell 100 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, called Sputnik-V, to a major pharmaceutical company in India.
- COVID-19 Cases in Defence Services India PIB 16 Sep 2020 -- The number of COVID-19 cases in Army, Navy and Air Force are 16758, 1365 and 1716 respectively.
- India's Registers the Highest Single day Recoveries India PIB 16 Sep 2020 -- India continues to record a spate of very high recoveries. India logged in the highest number of single day recoveries in the last 24 hours. 82,961 COVID patients were cured and discharged from home/facility isolation and hospitals, steeply pushing the Recovery Rate to 78.53%.
- India's drug controller orders Serum Institute to resume COVID-19 vaccine trials People's Daily 16 Sep 2020 -- The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has ordered the Serum Institute of India (SII) to resume its phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials of the Oxford University's Covishield vaccine along with pharma major AstraZeneca, local media reported Wednesday.
- Indian company plans vaccine manufacturing platform for COVID-19 People's Daily 16 Sep 2020 -- India has facilitated the establishment of the recombinant vesicular stomatitis vaccine (r-VSV) manufacturing platform for the first time in the country by supporting a private company's COVID-19 vaccine development initiative, the company said on Tuesday.
- India Reaches 5 Million Total COVID-19 Cases VOA 16 Sep 2020 -- India's Health Ministry says the South Asian nation has now surpassed five million total COVID-19 cases.
- COVID-19: Iran Says It's Moving Toward 'Third Wave' Of Virus RFE/RL 16 Sep 2020 -- A top Iranian health official has warned of a "resurgence" of coronavirus cases as the country continues to battle the Middle East's deadliest outbreak.
- COVID-19 kills 179 more Iranians over past 24 hours IRNA 16 Sep 2020 -- Iran's Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Wednesday that some 179 more Iranians have died from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours.
- Second Iranian phrama company develops rival drug to Israeli medication Press TV 16 Sep 2020 -- A second Iranian pharmaceutical company has unveiled a special drug for treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS), saying it would rival a patented Israeli medication whose imports into Iran has been banned merely because of political reasons.
- Health Ministry Spokesman: 982 Recoveries from COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia, Tally at 306,004 SPA 16 Sep 2020 -- Assistant Minister of Health and Official Spokesman of the Ministry of Health Dr. Muhammad Al-Abdulaali said in a press conference today that 621 new confirmed cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, bringing the total number to 327,551 cases, including 17,178 active cases receiving necessary medical care. Of these, there are 1,238 critical cases, while the health condition of the rest is stable.
- Taiwan reports new imported case of COVID-19 from the Philippines CNA 16 Sep 2020 -- A Philippine woman was diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in Taiwan to 500, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said.
- Taiwan businesses help Saint Lucia deal with COVID-19 fallout CNA 16 Sep 2020 -- Two Taiwanese businesses Wednesday threw their weight behind Saint Lucia's efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout by making donations and calling for the general public to show their support for the Caribbean ally.
- Six Filipinos test positive for COVID-19 after leaving Taiwan CNA 16 Sep 2020 -- Six Philippine nationals who left Taiwan in recent weeks have tested positive for COVID-19 on arriving in their home country, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Wednesday.
- Syria COVID spread may be much higher than figures suggest, Lowcock tells Security Council UN News 16 Sep 2020 -- Reports from inside Syria are pointing to a much broader spread of COVID-19 than the number of confirmed cases – currently 3,618 – suggests, the UN's top humanitarian official says.
- Hundreds Of Hasidic Pilgrims Stuck Along Belarus-Ukraine Border Due To Coronavirus Restrictions RFE/RL 16 Sep 2020 -- More than 700 followers of the Breslov Hasidic movement who are trying to reach the central Ukrainian city of Uman to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, remain stuck in neutral territory along the Belarusian-Ukrainian border, held up by measures banning foreigners from entering the country to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
- Philippines Confirms 3,550 New Coronavirus Infections, 69 Deaths SPA 16 Sep 2020 -- The Philippines' health ministry on Wednesday recorded 3,550 additional novel coronavirus infections and 69 more deaths, Reuters reported.
- Turkey Accused of Coronavirus Cover-Up as Cases Rise VOA 16 Sep 2020 -- Doctors and local politicians in Turkey are voicing concern that the government is downplaying the scale of the resurgent coronavirus outbreak.
- Inquiry Probes Australia's Greatest COVID-19 Failure VOA 16 Sep 2020 -- A judicial inquiry in Australia continues to probe failures in the nation's COVID-19 hotel quarantine system for returning travelers. The inquiry has heard that security breaches almost certainly sparked a deadly second wave of infections in the state of Victoria, which is at the center of Australia's coronavirus crisis.
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