Archive for February, 2020

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February 29th, 2020
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After first coronavirus death in the US, first possible outbreak reported

February 29th, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 29:   U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield and Surgeon General Jerome Adams listen during a news conference at the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House February 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Department of Health in Washington State has reported the first death in the U.S. related to the coronavirus.

Enlarge / WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 29: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield and Surgeon General Jerome Adams listen during a news conference at the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House February 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Department of Health in Washington State has reported the first death in the U.S. related to the coronavirus. (credit: Alex Wong | Getty Images)

Health officials in Washington state reported three grim new features of the coronavirus situation in the US Saturday. They reported the country’s first death, the first case in a healthcare worker, and the first possible outbreak.

In a press briefing held by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Jeffrey Duchin, health officer at Public Health of Seattle and King County, announced that there are three new presumptive cases of COVID-19 in the county, including the person who died. All of the cases appear to be from undetected spread of the new coronavirus in the community. The cases were identified because the state just recently gained the ability to do its own testing.

Two of the cases are linked to a long-term care facility called Life Care in Kirkland, Washington, east of Seattle. One of the cases is in a healthcare worker at the facility, a woman in her 40s who is said to be in “satisfactory” condition. She has no known travel outside of the US. The other is a resident of the facility, a woman in her 70s. She is in serious condition.

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A mysterious bug in the firmware of Google’s Titan M chip (CVE-2019-9465)

February 29th, 2020
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CVE-2020-1938: Ghostcat aka Tomcat 9/8/7/6 in the default configuration (port 8009) leading to disclosure of configuration files and source code files of all webapps deployed and potentially code execution

February 29th, 2020
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WHO data shows coronavirus is containable—US fails to contain

February 29th, 2020
A pedestrian wearing a protective mask stands on Mission Street in San Francisco, California, on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. California is monitoring 8,400 people for signs of the virus after they traveled to Asia.

Enlarge / A pedestrian wearing a protective mask stands on Mission Street in San Francisco, California, on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. California is monitoring 8,400 people for signs of the virus after they traveled to Asia. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg)

With the dizzying international spread of the novel coronavirus, the World Health Organization Friday announced that the global threat of COVID-19 has increased. The risk of spread and risk of impact has now risen from “high” to “very high” on a global scale, according to the organization’s latest assessments.

Between Thursday and Friday, five additional countries identified their first cases—Belarus, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, and Nigeria—and large outbreaks in Italy (888 cases) and Iran (388 cases) continue to export cases. So far, at least 24 cases in 14 countries link back to Italy and at least 97 cases in 11 countries link back to Iran, WHO reported Friday.

Worldwide, there are more than 85,400 cases and 2,924 deaths, with 53 countries reporting cases in addition to China, as of Saturday morning. While China still has over 90 percent of those cases, the daily case counts outside of China are now exceeding those within.

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ADTimeline: Generates a timeline based on Active Directory replication metadata for objects considered of interest – suggested to use Splunk for analysis

February 29th, 2020
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Online Altruists Are Making Reddit More Accessible

February 29th, 2020
To help Redditors with visual impairments, volunteers are writing elaborate transcriptions of memes and images across the site. 

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Space Photos of the Week: Venus Is the Spacecraft-Killer

February 29th, 2020
One of NASA's proposed missions would send a spacecraft to Venus on a suicide mission in order to study its atmosphere.

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Joanna Russ Was Sci-Fi’s Most Outspoken Feminist

February 29th, 2020
The 20th century author was also a formidable science fiction critic.

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Clearview AI’s Massive Client List Got Hacked

February 29th, 2020
Clever malware, student surveillance, and more of the week's top security news.

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