Interfor’s Weekly Security Digest -June 15, 2021
As countries begin to emerge from the global pandemic, Interfor has expanded its weekly update to include information pertaining to security issues that might impact its clients and associates.
Global Security Matters
- In the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021, consumers have reported losses of nearly $82 million due to cryptocurrency scams. These FTC self-reported figures are limited to the US, likely not reflecting the full scale of total losses due to fraud.
- In the past year, cyber attacks have increased 300% targeting everything from critical infrastructure to small businesses. In 2020 alone, $350 million in ransom had been paid for these attacks. Some companies, in an attempt to prevent cyber attacks, have hired groups known as red teams. These groups attempt to exploit vulnerabilities within a system, allowing a company to repair them before being exposed by bad actors.
- A French company has asked the U.S. government for assistance with investigating a potential radiation leak at a Chinese nuclear plant which it is partnered with in the Guangdong province.
Total Deaths: 3,813,679 (599,960 in United States)
Full Vaccinations Administered: 480 million, globally (United States: 145M – 44.2% of population)
- Fourteen states have reached the Biden administration’s goal to reach 70% of adults with at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine by July 4, according to data published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- The US will send Mexico a shipment of 1.35 million vaccines after Vice President Kamala Harris promised a surplus shipment last week.
- California lifted most of its Covid-19 restrictions as part of a reopening in which the state will end capacity limits, physical distancing and mask requirements for those vaccinated.
- Vermont Governor Phil Scott announced on Monday that the state is dropping all existing Covid-19 restrictions after reaching the goal of 80% vaccinations.
- The American biotechnology company Novavax announced that its coronavirus vaccine candidate was found to have an overall efficacy of 90.4% in a Phase 3 trial conducted across the United States and Mexico.
- Britain’s Prime Minister confirmed that the next planned relaxation of restrictions in England will be delayed by four weeks until July 19 as a result of the spread of the delta variant.
- Leaders of the major industrial nations meeting at the G-7 pledged one billion vaccine doses to poor countries as a “big step towards vaccinating the world.”
- Chilean health authorities will extend the Covid-19 emergency through September to allow the government to impose restrictions after cases soared to some of their highest levels since the pandemic began, despite 61% of citizens receiving at least one vaccine dose and 48% being fully vaccinated
- Malaysia has extended a two-week nationwide lockdown, shutting all non-essential business as the country fights a surge in Covid-19 cases.