Weekly News Roundup November 2-6, 2020

Posted on by Kacy Zurkus

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Let’s look at what other events made headlines this week.

Nov. 6: The Verge reported the US seized $1 billion in bitcoin on November 3. An individual believed to be part of Silk Road, a now-shuttered dark web marketplace, had stolen the funds more than five years ago.

Nov. 5: Only weeks after Indian pharmaceutical company Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories reported a data breach, a second Indian pharmaceutical company, Lupin, confirmed that a security incident has impacted some of its internal systems. 

Nov. 5: “Florida-based private prison operator GEO Group this week revealed that it was recently targeted in a cyberattack that involved ransomware and which may have resulted in the theft of sensitive information,” Security Week reported.

Nov. 5: Researchers from MIT and Harvard have used machine learning to analyze more than 800,000 pre- and early-pandemic posts and found marked shifts in tone that revealed heightened discussions about anxiety and suicide, according to MIT News.

Nov. 4: The Hill reported, “Now that the United States seems poised to not know the result of the contest for several days, the openings for foreign and domestic agents to plant seeds is far higher, say a number of experts on the issue.”

Nov. 3: The Department of Homeland Security’s acting secretary Chad Wolf said of the US presidential election, “We have no indications that a foreign actor has succeeded in compromising or affecting the actual votes cast in this election,” according to CNET.

Nov. 3: ZDNet reported, “The NCSC’s Annual Review 2020 reveals that the cyber arm of GCHQ has handled more 200 cyber incidents related to coronavirus during the course of this year – almost a third of the total number of incidents it was called in to help with over that period.”

Nov. 2: Aleksandr Brovko, a Russian national, “pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud” and was sentenced to eight years in prison for his involvement in a botnet conspiracy between 2007 and 2019, CyberScoop reported.

Kacy Zurkus

Senior Content Manager, RSA Conference

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