A 29-year-old freelance journalist became the second journalist killed in a week in the Mexican state of Michoacan, bringing the total number of media assassinations in the country to five this year. Mexico, considered one of the world’s deadliest places for media workers, has also experienced a spike in femicides since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
Russian hackers are targeting organizations involved in COVID-19 vaccine development, according to an alert published Thursday by the UK-based National Cyber Security Centre. The main culprit is said to be APT29, a group also connected to interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
Despite indictments, Russian saboteurs–some linked to the Russian military–have targeted millions of employees of major U.S. firms in a new escalation of East-West cyberwarfare. Chinese and North Korean hackers are also becoming a distributor of “weaponized” social media, according to security experts.
China, Russia and Iran have seized on the George Floyd killing to promote stories hostile to the United States in their state-owned media, but their efforts stopped short of the type of covert online influence operation attributed to Russia in the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a recent analysis.
The strain on resources caused by the coronavirus and U.S. pressure to curb border-crossers are among the reasons why Mexico’s war against narcoviolence has made little headway. A new report issued by the International Crisis Group says massive corruption continues to allow the cartels to thrive.
U.S. officials are set to issue a warning that hackers in China are attempting to steal American vaccine and treatment research, as more than a dozen countries are reportedly redeploying military and intelligence hackers to learn how other countries are dealing with the coronavirus.
Lockdowns in more than 150 countries have caused sharp declines in violent crime since the coronavirus swept across the globe. That has produced an opportunity for research into the factors that prevent violence—or stoke further conflict once the crisis eases, says a paper commissioned by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.