Weekly Security & Covid Digest – July 27, 2022
Global Security Matters
• The Port of Los Angeles reported to the FBI that it is the victim of approximately 40 million cyber attacks per month. Most attacks are coming from Russia and former Eastern Bloc nations, and the attacks have doubled since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Port has paired with the FBI to prevent attacks and improve security, and invested in a Cyber Resilience Center to prevent attacks.
• A deal to unblock Ukrainian grain shipments is now in danger after the port of Odessa was hit by Russian missiles. The attack was hours after Kyiv and Moscow signed an agreement to allow wheat and maize exports from Ukraine to aid the global shortage. Both countries had agreed to not strike ships carrying food supplies.
• Experts say that Iran is an existential threat to the Middle East as a whole if it continues its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Recent reports indicate that Iran is possibly weeks away from developing a nuclear weapon. UK spy chief Richard Moore said that the Iran Nuclear Deal is the best available way to limit Iran, but does not believe Iran would agree to it. Even if a deal was successful, there are still several issues to address with Iran which are destabilizing the region.
Total Deaths: 6,380,705 (1,023,853 in United States)
US Hospitalization rates, no change from the previous week
• Reports suggest that US federal health officials are hoping that Pfizer and Moderna will have a new Covid-19 BA.5-specific vaccine booster ready to go by late September.
• Students over age 12 will be required to receive Covid-19 vaccines this fall in Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, Hawaii, the last US state with an indoor mask mandate, will make masks optional in schools when the new academic year starts.
• The WHO (World Health Organization) released a global Covid-19 vaccination strategy update aiming to vaccinate 100% of the world’s healthcare workers and vulnerable populations. In addition, the aim is to develop a new vaccine which substantially reduces transmission.
• The Chinese city of Shenzhen told 100 major companies including iPhone maker Foxconn to set up “closed-loop” systems as it battles Covid-19.
• The WHO (World Health Organization) declared monkeypox as a public health emergency, a decision that will empower the agency to take additional measures in trying to curb the virus’s spread.
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- Our latest blog post looks at the powerful new safety measure Apple is rolling out for its mobile devices