Interfor International - Weekly Security Matters Digest - Oct 26

Interfor International – Weekly Security & Covid Digest – October 26

Interfor’s Weekly Security & Covid Digest -October 26, 2021

Global Security Matters

  • The US DOJ announced former employees of the security company G4S Secure Solutions pled guilty to criminal antitrust charges.  The former employees admitted they, along with co-conspirators at competing firms, colluded to fix the prices at which the firms bid for contracts, among other charges. 
  • This past August, China allegedly tested a hypersonic missile, reportedly worrying the US Intelligence Community.  The missile is capable of evading US missile-defense systems. Unlike other ballistic missiles, it can approach from the east, west, and south rather than the north. 
  • Amnesty International recently announced it will shut its Hong Kong branch due to China’s new security laws.  The group called it “effectively impossible” for them to work independently without the risk of reprisal. 
  • The Solarwinds hackers are attacking the global IT supply chain, according to a Microsoft report.  Nobelium, the group responsible for the Solarwinds hack, have been using phishing emails and trying commonly used passwords to target technology service providers. 

Covid-19 Updates

Total Deaths: 4,954,501 (737,526 in United States) 

At least one dose administered: 50% Globally (United States:  66% of population)

  • The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is deciding whether to authorize the Pfizer vaccine for children, ages and up. 
  • Lanzhou, China, a city of 4 million, has shut down in the wake of a small Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Moderna will allocate 110 million vaccine doses for Africa.
  • New York’s police and fire departments are seeking to sue the city over its vaccine mandates. Yesterday, hundreds of department members shut down traffic in protest. 
  • The European Union has approved Moderna booster shots for individuals over age 18. 
  • Starting in January, cruise ships will no longer be required to adhere to CDC guidelines.