(WASHINGTON) US Cybersecurity Infrastructure & Security Agency & FBI Report: In a joint security alert published this week, warned about increased cyber-attacks targeting the US K-12 educational sector, often leading to ransomware attacks, the theft of data, and the disruption of distance learning services #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.11: As of December 2020, the FBI, CISA, and MS-ISAC continue to receive reports from K-12 educational institutions about the disruption of distance learning efforts by cyber actors,” the alert reads. “Cyber actors likely view schools as targets of opportunity, and these types of attacks are expected to continue through the 2020/2021 academic year,” it added: But of all the attacks plaguing the K-12 sector (kindergarten through twelfth-grade schools), ransomware has been a particularly aggressive threat this year, CISA and the FBI said:

Ransomware Attacks on the Increase

CISA has observed continuing ransomware attacks across the country and around the world: See CISA’s Awareness Briefings on Combating RansomwareJoint Ransomware Statement, and CISA Insights – Ransomware Outbreak. Below, please find resources on CISA’s newly redesigned ransomware information page to better connect you with helpful resources and tools you and your organization need to guard against the ransomware threat. 

Looking to learn more about this growing cyber threat? With industry best practices and individualized checklists, the NEW Ransomware Guide is a great place to start. The guide, released in September 2020, represents a joint effort between CISA and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC). The joint Ransomware Guide is a customer-centered, one-stop resource with best practices and ways to prevent, protect and/or respond to a ransomware attack. 

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Ransomware Outbreak

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In addition to reviewing the Ransomware Guide, we invite you to click on resources below to find additional Ransomware-related information. These resources are designed to help individuals and organizations prevent attacks that can severely impact business processes and leave organizations without the data they need to operate and deliver mission-critical services.

According to MS-ISAC data, the percentage of reported ransomware incidents against K-12 schools increased at the beginning of the 2020 school year,” the two agencies said. “In August and September, 57% of ransomware incidents reported to the MS-ISAC involved K-12 schools, compared to 28% of all reported ransomware incidents from January through July,” they said:

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Dec.11: 2020:

#ans2020, #cybersecurity-2, #fbi, #ransomeware, #united-states

(BRUSSELS) #Coronavirus Report: Documents relating to the regulatory submission of the Pfizer-BioNTech #Covid19 vaccine candidate to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) were “unlawfully accessed” during a #cyberattack, the pharma firms have said #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – The EMA confirmed earlier on Wednesday that it had been the subject of a cyberattack, but did not provide further details and said it would not do so while an investigation into the hack was ongoing:

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EU medicines regulator EMA ‘targeted in cyberattack’

In a joint statement, Pfizer and BioNTech said they were informed on Wednesday by the EU medicines regulator that “some documents relating to the regulatory submission for Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate…which has been stored on an EMA server, had been unlawfully accessed.”

At this time, we await further information about EMA’s investigation and will respond appropriately and in accordance with EU law. 

The pair added that none of their systems had been breached and that they were not aware of “any personal data of study participants being accessed.”

“EMA has assured us that the cyberattack will have no impact on the timeline for its review” of the vaccine, they added, which is already being rolled out in the UK.

A medic receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on the first day of the largest immunisation programme in the British history, at the Louisa Jordan Hospital, in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain (FILE PHOTO) © Jeff J Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS

Do not take Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine if you have a ‘significant history of allergic reactions,’ UK regulator warns

A day after the vaccine was first administered in the UK, the British medicines and healthcare regulator issued a warning about the administering of the jab, saying that two medics with a history of serious allergies had suffered severe reactions to it. The health agency said that people with a history of ‘significant’ allergic reactions should not receive it:

Canada became the second country to approve the vaccine on Wednesday.

#AceHealthDesk report ……………..Published: Dec.10: 2020:

#ans2020, #coronavirus, #covid19

(BERLIN, Germany.) #Coronavirus Report: Saxony will impose a strict lockdown starting next week, in a bid to contain the rising number of positive #COVID19 tests and hospitalisations related to the disease #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.08: Starting next Monday, schools, kindergartens and retail outlets will be shuttered until January 10, the Prime Minister of Saxony Michael Kretschmer announced: Only businesses providing essential supplies and services will be allowed to operate: According to Kretschmer, 20 to 30 percent of intensive care beds in the state are currently occupied by Covid-19 patients, and in some regions of Saxony hospitals have reached capacity:

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German hospitals packed to the brim with 40% more Covid-19 patients in ICUs than during 1st wave – union chief

Saxony’s Minister of Economic Affairs Martin Dulig said there would also be a ban on alcohol in public places, and that indoor sporting events would be prohibited. He described the situation in the state as “dramatic.” Saxony has become the country’s hotspot for positive Covid-19 tests. In total, Germany reported 14,054 newly confirmed positive tests in the past 24 hours on Tuesday, bringing the nationwide total to 1.2 million. The number of coronavirus-related deaths in the country rose by 423 to 19,342.

#AceHealthDesk report ……………….Published: Dec.08: 2020:

#ans2020, #coronavirus, #covid19

(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus Report: Scams grew across the world with many more ‘ Spam Calls ‘ during the global pandemic with a rise of 18% according to Truecaller #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Dec.08: Despite several efforts from carriers, telecom regulators, mobile operating system developers, smartphone makers, and a global pandemic, spam calls continued to pester and scam people around the globe this year — and they only got worse:

Users worldwide received 31.3 billion spam calls between January and October this year, up from 26 billion during the same period last year, and 17.7 billion the year prior, according to Stockholm-headquartered firm Truecaller: The firm, best known for its caller ID app, estimated that an average American received 28.4 spam calls a month this year, up from 18.2 last year:

As a result, And with 49.9 spam calls per user a month, up from an already alarming 45.6 figure last year, Brazil remained the worst impacted nation to spam calls, the firm said in its yearly report on the subject: The coronavirus pandemic, however, lowered the volume of spam calls users had to field in several markets, including India, which topped Truecaller’s chart for the worst nation affected three years ago:

The nation, the biggest market of Truecaller, dropped to the 9th position on the chart this year with 16.8 monthly spam calls per user, down from 25.6 last year:

#AceHealthDesk report ………………………..Published: Dec.08: 2020:

#ans2020, #scams, #spam

(PORTLAND, Maine.) Ace Weather Report: The northeastern U.S. braced Saturday for a powerful, windy storm that forecasters say could bring 18 inches (46 centimeters) or more of heavy, wet snow to parts of the region according to Time #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.05: The heavy, blowing snow expected in the afternoon in New England may result in near-blizzard conditions that make travel difficult: The nor’easter could dump as much as a foot (30 centimeters) of snow on suburban Boston: ” The chief hazards with the current forecast include hazardous driving conditions in the early hours, the volume of wet snow forecasted to fall and possible gusty winds in coastal areas,” said Alec O’Meara, the spokesman for Unitil Corp., an electric and gas utility in New England: Crews are on standby in case of power outages, O’Meara said:

NorEasterly on Saturday as U.S.braced for powerful, windy storm that could bring 18-inches or more of heavy snow accoridng to Time.Com/

National Weather Service meteorologist Michael Clair of the Gray, Maine, office said the storm is beginning as rain and is expected to turn to snow Saturday afternoon: In some areas, snowfall of 3 inches (7.5 centimeters) per hour is possible: ” This is the first big one,” Clair said of the beginning of the winter season. “There has been some snow up in the mountains, but this is the first one across where most people live.”……….While localized totals of more than 18 inches are possible in the higher terrain, Clair says that in general, the region is expected to get hit hardest just inland, where forecasts call for about a foot of snow.

Areas south of New England, including the New York region, are expected to see heavy rain and strong winds: In Canada, the storm is expected to affect southern Quebec and New Brunswick:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Dec.05: 2020:

#ans2020, #noreasterly, #snow, #weather

(ITALY) JUST IN: Nature Journal Report: In landmark research published Wednesday scientists reported that they’ve made the first detection of almost-ethereal particles called neutrinos that can be traced to carbon-nitrogen-oxygen fusion, known as the CNO cycle, inside the sun #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.04: It’s a landmark finding that confirms theoretical predictions from the 1930s, and it’s being hailed as one of the greatest discoveries in physics of the new millenium. “It’s really a breakthrough for solar and stellar physics,” said Gioacchino Ranucci of the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), one of the researchers on the project since it began in 1990:

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The scientists used the ultrasensitive Borexino detector at the INFN’s Gran Sasso particle physics laboratory in central Italy — the largest underground research center in the world, deep beneath the Apennine Mountains, about 65 miles northeast of Rome.

The detection caps off decades of study of the sun’s neutrinos by the Borexino project, and reveals for the first time the main nuclear reaction that most stars use to fuse hydrogen into helium… Scientists calculate that the CNO cycle is the primary type of fusion in the universe. But it’s hard to spot inside our relatively cool sun, where it accounts for only 1 percent of its energy… Ranucci said the Borexino detector has spent decades measuring neutrinos from the sun’s main proton-proton chain reaction, but detecting its CNO neutrinos has been very difficult — only about seven neutrinos with the tell-tale energy of the CNO cycle are spotted in a day:

The discovery required making the detector ever more sensitive over the last five years, Ranucci said, by shielding it from outside sources of radioactivity so that the inner chamber of the detector is the most radiation-free place on Earth.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Dec.04: 2020:

#ans2020, #neutrinos, #research, #science, #sun

(LONDON) JUST IN: Dave Prowse, the British weightlifter-turned-actor who was the body, though not the voice, of arch-villain Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died. He was 85. Prowse died Saturday after a short illness, his agent Thomas Bowington said Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.29: Born in Bristol, southwest England, in 1935, Prowse was a three-time British weightlifting champion and represented England in weightlifting at the 1962 Commonwealth Games before breaking into movies with roles that emphasized his commanding size, including Frankenstein’s monster in a pair of Hammer Studios horror films: Director George Lucas saw Prowse in a small part in “A Clockwork Orange” and asked the 6-foot-6-inch (almost 2-meter) actor to audition for the villainous Vader or the Wookie Chewbacca in “Star Wars.”

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Prowse later told the BBC he chose Darth Vader because “you always remember the bad guys.”

Physically, Prowse was perfect for the part. His lilting English West Country accent was considered less ideal, and his lines were dubbed by James Earl Jones: Prowse donned Darth Vader’s black armor and helmet for “Star Wars” (1977), “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980) and “Return of the Jedi” (1983)……………He expressed some regret that, thanks to Vader’s mask, “I can walk around with complete anonymity.” ” All actors crave recognition and I’d like to have some like Luke Skywalker and Han Solo,” he told The Associated Press in 1980. “Fortune tends to follow fame.”

Prowse also worked as a trainer for other actors, helping Christopher Reeve prepare to be the Man of Steel in hit 1978 film “Superman.”

Prowse was also known to a generation of British children as the Green Cross Code Man, a superhero in a series of road safety advertisements during the 1970s and ’80s.

He was a regular at “Star Wars” fan events, but was banned from official conventions by Lucas in 2010 after the pair fell out.

Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” films, tweeted that Prowse was “a kind man & much more than Darth Vader.” Hamill said the actor “loved his fans as much as they loved him. #RIP

“ Ant-Man” director Edgar Wright also paid tribute to Prowse on Twitter.

“ As a kid Dave Prowse couldn’t be more famous to me; stalking along corridors as evil incarnate in the part of Darth Vader & stopping a whole generation of kiddies from being mown down in street as the Green Cross Code man,” he wrote. “Rest in Peace, Bristol’s finest.”

Prowse is survived by his wife Norma and their three children.

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Nov.29: 2020:

#ans2020, #darth-vader, #david-prowse, #film, #luke-skywalker

(LONDON) Ministerial Statement Report: Nadhim Zahawi MP has been appointed as a ‘ Parliamentary Under Secretary of State ‘ at the Department of Health and Social Care #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.28: The British government appointed a vaccines minister on Saturday as it prepares to inoculate millions of people against the coronavirus, potentially starting within days: Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Conservative lawmaker Nadhim Zahawi will oversee the country’s biggest vaccine program in decades:

Ministerial Appointment: 28 November 2020: Nadim Zahawi MP as #Covid19according to @DHSCgovuk

The U.K. medicines regulator is currently assessing two vaccines — one developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, the other by Oxford University and AstraZeneca — to see if they are safe and effective. The Guardian newspaper reported that hospitals have been told they could receive the first doses of the Pfizer shot the week of Dec. 7, if it receives approval: The U.K. says frontline health care workers and nursing home residents will be the first to be vaccinated, followed by older people, starting with those over age 80.

Britain has ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, enough for 20 million people, and 100 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine: In all, the U.K. government has agreed to purchase up to 355 million doses of vaccine from seven different producers, as it prepares to vaccinate as many of the country’s 67 million people as possible: Decisions about which, if any, vaccines to authorize will be made by the independent Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency:

Pfizer and BioNTech say their vaccine is 95% effective, according to preliminary data. It must be stored at ultra-cold temperatures of around minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 Fahrenheit)…………….The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine can be stored at conventional refrigerator temperatures, and is also cheaper than its main rivals. But some scientists have questioned gaps in its reported results.

Oxford and AstraZeneca reported this week that their vaccine appeared to be 62% effective in people who received two doses, and 90% effective when volunteers were given a half dose followed by a full dose: They said the half dose was administered because of a manufacturing error, and they plan a new clinical trial to investigate the most effective dosing regimen:

The British government hopes a combination of vaccines and mass testing will end the need for restrictions on business and everyday life it imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Britain has had Europe’s deadliest COVID-19 outbreak, with more than 57,000 confirmed virus-related deaths: The prime minister said this week that officials hope to inoculate “the vast majority of the people who need the most protection by Easter.” But he warned that “we must first navigate a hard winter” of restrictions:

A four-week national lockdown in England is due to end Wednesday, and will be replaced by three-tiered system of regional measures that restrict business activity, travel and socializing. The vast majority of the country is being put into the upper two tiers: Johnson faces opposition to the measures from dozens of his own Conservative Party’s lawmakers, who say the economic damage outweighs the public health benefits.

But Cabinet minister Michael Gove said the restrictions were “grimly” necessary to avoid the health system being overwhelmed this winter: Writing in The Times of London, Gove said there are currently 16,000 coronavirus patients in British hospitals, not far below the April peak of 20,000. A rise in infections would mean coronavirus patients would “displace all but emergency cases. And then even those.,” he said: ” If, however, we can keep the level of infection stable or, even better, falling, and hold out through January and February, then we can be confident that vaccination will pull the plug on the problem,” Gove wrote:

#AceHealthDesk report ………………Published: Nov.28: 2020:

#ans2020, #boris-johnson, #coronavirus, #covid19

(PARIS, France.) JUST IN: Protesters throughout France have shown up for rallies against a controversial draft law on public safety, under which filming a police officer on duty may result in a hefty fine. Critics say it fosters impunity for misconduct (RT NEWS PHOTOS, VIDEOS) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.28: The protests were organized in many large French cities, including Paris, Marseilles, Lyon, Brest and Nice, with thousands participating despite Covid-19 concerns. The main event is happening in the Place de la République in the capital:

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The demonstrators are voicing their anger over a draft law on public security, which was approved by the lower chamber of the parliament this week: Article 24 of the bill bans filming of police officers on duty with an intention to harm them. Lawmakers who voted for the bill are among the officials who were shamed by the protesters:

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The reasoning behind the provision, which introduces a fine of €45,000 ($53,450) or even a one-year jail term, is that members of the force need to be protected from doxxing and online harassment: Critics say it curtails journalistic freedoms and would be used to intimidate people who want to expose police brutality and other forms of misconduct:

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The protests were organised by unions, but they have many supporters: The Yellow Vests movement, which was sparked by growing social and economic inequality and for months remained a major problem for President Emmanuel Macron, is among them:

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There is also a component of racism in why the proposed law sparked so much anger. Police abuse of people of color became more visible thanks to the spread of mobile phones with good cameras and social media:

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One such incident, which was filmed on CCTV rather than a personal device, went viral this week after the footage was leaked online: It showed French police beat and racially abuse a black man, apparently for not wearing a face mask: Police have also been slammed for their heavy-handed tactics in clearing a migrant camp in central Paris earlier this week:

#AceNewsDesk report ………………Published: Nov.28: 2020:

#ans2020, #yellowprotests, #france, #paris

(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) JUST IN: CHP Report: That at least 62 people have been arrested as police have forcibly removed homeless people from vacant state-owned homes in El Sereno officials said in a statement on Friday according to Pasadena Star-News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.28: The conflict sparked Wednesday, when people took over several homes that had been bought by Caltrans over the years as it planned the now-defunct 710 Freeway expansion: More than 160 state-owned homes sit vacant along what was supposed to be the freeway’s corridor in El Sereno, Pasadena and South Pasadena, according to data obtained last year by the Pasadena Star-News.

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CHP says Caltrans requested its officers’ assistance after break-ins were reported at some of the El Sereno properties Wednesday: Ultimately, 21 people were arrested across Wednesday and Thursday on suspicion of trespassing and burglary: CHP says they were escorted off the property after refusing to leave “in order to allow the uninhabitable buildings to be re-secured and boarded up for public safety.”

Silver Phoenix, who went to El Sereno to support the occupiers, called CHP’s response inhumane: ” Rather than allow the community to take that effort into housing their own people, they violently removed and extracted all these families who are now wondering where they’re going to be sleeping tonight,” she said. “It’s cold: They have nowhere else to go. There’s literally someone in our friend’s car, wondering where to go.”The large CHP response was met with a mass of protesters, and 41 people were arrested Thursday evening for alleged unlawful assembly.

All those arrested were cited and released, CHP said: Members of Reclaim and Rebuild Our Community said in a video message to Gov. Gavin Newsom posted on YouTube on Wednesday that they had “peacefully moved into several state-owned empty houses.”……………..CHP responded en masse, with officers in at least 50 vehicles packing the neighborhood to begin forcibly removing people that night:

Roberto Flores, an organizer with the group, said the families involved are homeless and have been living in cars and encampments, and looking for somewhere to shelter in place during the pandemic:

On Thursday, only Ganil Hernandez and her family remained in one of the houses: ” We’re taking back this home because we need to shelter in place and because housing is a human right,” Hernandez said: Hernandez said she and her family have been unable to pay the $2,000 rent on their apartment after her partner lost his job. She said their landlord told them they will be evicted in December: ” We can not afford rent here in Los Angeles. We tried moving out of state but we couldn’t get a place there either. I’m doing what I can for my family,” she said:

Caltrans said it has been working with local governments to lease several of its available properties for use as temporary emergency shelters: It recently signed a lease with the city of Los Angeles’ Housing Authority so that 22 vacant Caltrans-owned homes in El Sereno can be used for the city’s transitional housing program: Those homes are now legally housing families who are a part of Reclaiming Our Homes, the activist group said:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.28: 2020:

#ans2020, #california, #chp, #homeless

(PYONGYANG, N.K.) #Coronavirus Report: The North tried to hack at least one South Korean pharmaceutical company developing a #Covid19 vaccine, lawmaker Ha Tae-keung told reporters after attending a closed-door briefing by the National Intelligence Service (NIS) #AceNewsDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.28: North Korea conducted a cyberattack on companies connected with vaccine development, an official in South Korea has said, citing intelligence report: The lawmaker who is a member of the parliamentary intelligence committee, said the NIS did not specify which company had been targeted, but there was no damage from the hacking attempts:

US-based cyber security firm Cybereason said earlier this month a group of hackers from North Korea was targeting companies working on the research and development of Covid-19 vaccines, and similar claims were made by Microsoft: https://t.me/c/1099420761/2094372

The software giant made allegations against Russian hackers as well: However, Russian officials previously said they did not see any reason for such cyber intrusions, as the country is developing several vaccines by itself:

Pyongyang did not comment on the recent allegations: In May, it denounced the accusations of cyber warfare made by the US as a smear campaign: North Korea announced in July that it was developing its own vaccine for Covid-19.

#AceHealthDesk report …………..Published: Nov.28: 2020:

#ans2020, #coronavirus, #covid19, #cyberattack, #pyongyang, #seoul

(WORLDWIDE) #Care2Share ………Its not time to blame politicians or leaders for the present problems but for everyone to work together for the good of others …….🙏’s Friends, Followers and Readers Be safe Amen

Editor says …..As l read many blogs daily some are using their time and providing people of this world in may countries with information that could either save their lives or at least help someone to help another person.

But others readily tell us that governments knew that our health services were under-funded and under-staffed …OK I agree ….but blame does not allow us to gain.

If we work together to help those in our community the best way we can then maybe that will bring about the change we seek in our ❤️ And in so doing God by any name will be able to see we #Care2Share his love given by his sons crucification and help and guidance will come.

🙏’s Friends, Followers, Readers and All People of this World Amen

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(ANKARA, Turkey.) Court Report: Former military commanders & fighter jet pilots have been handed life sentences who bombed police compounds and the parliament building in the Ankara during a failed 2016 coup #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.26: The court in Ankara delivered the verdicts against 475 defendants, 365 of whom had been detained: Several former military officials and civilians individually received up to 79 life sentences for their role in the failed coup. A former brigadier general was sentenced to life in prison for providing fuel for F-16 jet fighters flown by the insurgents, while several of his colleagues received a similar sentence for instructing the pilots to strike specific targets in the capital: The pilots were likewise sentenced to life in prison for bombing police sites, the Turkish Parliament building and a state broadcasting company in the country’s capital. In one ruling, a former F-16 pilot received 16 life sentences for killing 15 people near the presidential compound: Another defendant, a former brigadier general, was handed a life sentence for detaining a military police chief during the coup:

Turkish courts previously sentenced 121 people to life in prison for their role in the coup in June and 151 last year.

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Berlin hits out at Ankara after Turkey prevents arms search on Libya-bound ship

On July 15, 2016, elements of the Turkish Armed Forces tried to seize control over key sites in Ankara, Istanbul and several other locations across the country, but were quickly overpowered. The government accused dissident cleric Fethullah Gulen of staging the coup. Gulen, who has lived in self-exile in the US since 1999, denied the allegations:

The Gulen movement is considered to be a terrorist group by Turkey: Security forces regularly conduct raids against the cleric’s supporters in different parts of the country:

#AceNewsDesk report ……………….Published: Nov.26:2020:

#ans2020, #coup, #court, #turkey

(LAGOS, Nigeria.) JUST IN: Three Nigerians suspected of being part of a the cybercrime group (TMT) that targeted tens of thousands of victims around the world have been arrested today in the capital, according to Interpol #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.25: In a report disclosing its involvement in the investigation, security firm Group-IB said the three suspects are members of a cybercrime group they have been tracking since 2019 and which they have been tracking under the codename of TMT. Group-IB said the group primarily operated by sending out mass email spam campaigns containing files laced with malware:

To send their email spam, the group used the Gammadyne Mailer and Turbo-Mailer email automation tools and then relied on MailChimp to track if a recipient victim opened their messages:

The file attachments were laced with various strains of malware that granted hackers access to infected computers from where they focused on stealing credentials from browsers, email, and FTP clients:

#AceNewsDesk report …………………Published on November 25, 2020 at 06:45PM

#ans2020, #cybercrime, #lagos, #nigeria, #security

(JERUSALEM, Israel.) Border police shot dead a Palestinian driver who allegedly tried to ram his car into an officer on the outskirts of the capital after using fake documents, officers said on Wednesday according to RT News #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.25: The man, named locally as 37-year-old Nour Shakir Shuqeir from the Silwan area of East Jerusalem, sustained a gunshot wound to the stomach and was later pronounced dead in the city’s Hadassah Hospital at Mount Scopus: An Israeli policeman was also hospitalized with minor injuries following the incident, which reportedly took place at the Al-Zaim checkpoint in the Israeli-occupied West Bank territory, east of Jerusalem:

Footage posted to social media appears to show Israeli soldiers arriving at the scene of the incident.…..

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“Suspicion arose that the documents presented by the driver were not his and he was apparently trying to impersonate someone else,” a police spokesperson said.

FILE PHOTO: Missile fire is seen over Damascus, Syria, January 21, 2019

Syrian state media reports ‘Israeli aggression’ near Damascus & in southern Quneitra

“During the security check, the suspect started speeding, hitting a border policeman who was at the scene. Following this, the policeman and the security personnel fired at the vehicle.” 

A border police statement said that the suspect had been “neutralized.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published: Nov.25: 2020:

#ans2020, #israel, #jerusalem, #palestine

(Bronx, NYC.) JUST IN: NYPD REPORT: Officers found a man with ‘ fatal stab wounds ‘ and a woman with ‘ slash wounds ‘ on Tuesday around 16:00hrs according to CBSlocal No Arrests have been made #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.25: A man is dead and a woman is injured following a stabbing Tuesday in the Bronx: It happened shortly after 4 p.m. in the Melrose section: Police found the 38-year-old man with multiple stab wounds to his body, and the 41-year-old woman with a slash wound to her forearm:

The man was pronounced dead at the hospital and the woman was in stable condition: So far, no arrests have been made: CBS New York https://ift.tt/39lp5kt

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.25: 2020:

#ans2020, #bronx, #nypd, #stabbing

(MELBOURNE, Australia.) #Coronavirus Report: Spy Agencies caught collecting #COVID19 COVIDSafe contact tracing app data a government watchdog has found #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Nov.24: Australia’s intelligence agencies have been caught “incidentally” collecting data from the country’s COVIDSafe contact tracing app during the first six months of its launch, a government watchdog has found: From a report published Monday by the Australian government’s inspector general for the intelligence community, which oversees the government’s spy and eavesdropping agencies, said the app data was scooped up “in the course of the lawful collection of other data.”

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18: An Australian Government CovidSafe App advertisement in North Sydney Station. New public transport restrictions in Sydney will see commuter traffic cut by 1.4 million, with a maximum of of 32 people in a train carriage at any given time due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on 18 May, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Speed Media/Icon Sportswire)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 18: An Australian Government CovidSafe App advertisement in North Sydney Station. New public transport restrictions in Sydney will see commuter traffic cut by 1.4 million, with a maximum of of 32 people in a train carriage at any given time due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on 18 May, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Speed Media/Icon Sportswire)

But the watchdog said that there was “no evidence” that any agency “decrypted, accessed or used any COVID app data.” Incidental collection is a common term used by spies to describe the data that was not deliberately targeted but collected as part of a wider collection effort:

This kind of collection isn’t accidental, but more of a consequence of when spy agencies tap into fiber optic cables, for example, which carries an enormous firehose of data: An Australian government spokesperson told one outlet, which first reported the news, that incidental collection can also happen as a result of the “execution of warrants.” According to a report

#AceHealthDesk report …………….Published: Nov.24: 2020:

#ans2020, #australia, #coronavirus, #covid19, #covidsafe, #private-data

(WORLDWIDE) Animal Scam Report: The increased demand for pets amid the #pandemic has sent puppy prices skyrocketing, and has caused a boom in pet-related fraud, such scams in the country have inflicted losses of more than US$1.5 million in Australia alone with other countries such as Canada & U.K. experiencing a sharp increase #AceHealthDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: The country has seen a spike in pet-related fraud this year, with the numbers being at least four times higher than in 2019: The most common thing people were trying to buy when they were scammed was puppies and other pets,” the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said in a statement on Tuesday:

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According to the watchdog, more than 2,100 cases of pet-related scams have been reported, inflicting more than AUD$2 million (nearly US $1.5 million) in damages. A predominant number of the cases are related to attempts to procure a canine from fraudsters, where the dog doesn’t actually exist:

Puppy prices have been soaring in Australia lately, particularly for compact dog breeds such as French bulldogs, pugs and dachshunds. Assorted advertisements available online promise aspiring pet-owners pure-breed puppies for prices ranging from AUD$3,000 up to a howling-mad AUD$10,000. But those ready to part with such sums risking getting neither canine nor cash as a result: Australian breeders have urged the public to be extra careful while searching for puppies online and to check whether they are actually looking for dogs via a legitimate platform. Admitting the spike in prices, the breeders warned against going for extremely high – and low – prices alike. 

“I don’t know of any of our Dog’s Queensland breeders who would be charging those sums of money,” Dogs Queensland president Ulla Greenwood told local media. “Our breeders might be charging up to maybe AUD$4,500 but I think alarm bells should go off if prices above that are being asked.”

A similar surge in puppy scams has been observed in other countries, too, as many people have apparently opted for adopting a pet amid the pandemic as more are working from home or suffer loneliness due to lockdowns:

Canada and the US have experienced a sharp increase in pet scams, figures by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) have shown. Such scams have been reported more than three times as much as in 2019, and comprised nearly a quarter of all online scams registered. At the same time, North American fraudsters turned out to be significantly less greedy than their counterparts from down under, with the average loss in a scam amounting to ‘merely’ $700, according to the BBB: Last week, Britain’s Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss urged the public to be vigilant and not to get ‘pet-phished’ ahead of the Christmas holidays:

“After a difficult year and with many of us spending more time at home, many people may be considering getting a new puppy or kitten,” Middlemiss said in a statement. “However, the lead-up to Christmas is a prominent time for unscrupulous sellers to take advantage of those looking to buy a new pet.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……………..Published: Nov.24: 2020:

#ans2020, #australia, #canada, #puppies, #scamalert, #u-k

(MIAMI, Fla.) JUST IN: An arrest has been made into the murder of ‘ Miami Gardens ‘ librarian Jamie Hume nearly two years ago according to CBSlocal #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: An arrest has been made in a nearly two-year-old murder case in Miami Gardens. On the morning of December 10, 2018, Jamie Humet was found shot to death in his car outside of a credit union at Northwest 2nd Avenue and 207th Street. His family believes Humet stopped at an ATM at the Dade County Federal Credit Union the night before to withdraw money. “My brother had four $10 bills in his pocket that they did not even take,” said Humet’s Nick said at the time of the murder. “They shot him almost point blank.”

Arrest Made In Murder Of Miami Gardens Librarian Jamie Humet Nearly Two Years Ago

Surveillance video provided by Miami Gardens police shows a newer model white KIA Optima. The shooting suspect can be seen running towards the getaway car wearing a black hoodie. Humet, 47, had been a librarian with Miami-Dade County for 21 years. On Monday, November 23rd, police arrested 19-year-old Shaun Fortune in Humet’s death. He’s been charged with second-degree murder and attempted armed robbery:

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Nov.24: 2020:

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(KABUL, Afghanistan.) Save The Children Report: More than 26,000 children killed or injured in the country since 2005, as ‘appalling cost’ of conflict revealed as true cost of War is being revealed #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.23: The “appalling cost” of the conflict has resulted in the suffering of at least 26,025 children between 2005 and 2019, according to the organization: Ahead of its donor conference in Geneva this week, Save the Children declared Afghanistan one of the world’s most dangerous countries for children and called on nations to cease using explosive weapons in populated areas:

Police officers stand guard after rockets hit residential areas in Kabul, Afghanistan November 21, 2020.

Recent killing of students in local University claimed to by #IslamicState

Chris Nyamandi, Save the Children’s country director in Afghanistan, described a grim picture.

Imagine living with the constant fear that today might be the day that your child is killed in a suicide attack or an airstrike. This is the grim reality for tens of thousands of Afghan parents whose children have been killed or injured.

Violence has increased in Afghanistan as peace talks have stalled and US troops have begun withdrawing from the region. In 2019, Afghanistan accounted for the highest number of child fatalities (874) and injuries (2,275) of all global conflicts examined in the group’s report.

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The report revealed how schools are routinely attacked in the region as part of clashes between the Afghan government, alongside US troops, and the Taliban, as well other insurgents. In the two years between 2017 and 2019, the charity found there were more than 300 attacks on educational establishments: As well as concerns over violence in the country, Save the Children also warned that more than seven million children in Afghanistan are at risk of hunger and three million kids under the age of five are suffering from malnutrition, with the coronavirus pandemic having “exacerbated” the situation:

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Nov.23: 2020:

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