Hackers target WHO -Strategy of elite hackers

Elite hackers broke out into the World Health Organization earlier this month, and news services said that a part of a senior agency official was found inflated in the case of cyber-attacks and other cyber frauds.

WHO Chief Information Security Officer Flavio Aggio said regarding the identity of the hackers that it was unclear and the effort was not successful, but he also warned that hacking attempts against the agency and its partners have increased as they battle was against the coronavirus, which has killed more than 15,000 globally.

The attempt of the break-in at the WHO was first faded and bought into notice to the source by Alexander Urbelis, who is a cyber-security expert and attorney with the New York-based Blackstone Law Group, which tracks down the suspicious internet domain registration activity.

Urbelis said he picked up on the activity in the mid of March when a group of hackers had been following activated a malicious site mimicking the WHO’s internal email system, which was claimed as malpractice and cyber-crime. Mr.Alexander also said that he rapidly realized that this was a live attack on the World Health Organization in the middle of the pandemic.

Mr.Alexander Urbelis also claimed that he didn’t know who was indeed responsible for the incident, but two other uncommon sources instructed on the crisis, which said that they expected for an advanced group of hackers known as DarkHotel, which had been conducting cyber-espionage operations since 13 years.

Messages sent to the email addresses of hackers were not returned and left unresponded.

When asked by news services about the occurrence, the WHO confirmed that the site spotted by Mr.Alexander had been used in an attempt to steal passwords from multiple agency staff.

“There is great inflation in targeting the WHO and other cybersecurity incidents and crimes,” WHO said in a telephonic interview. “There are no huge losses as of now, but such attempts against the community and the use of (WHO) impersonations and personal data of WHO leads to the crossing of communal guidelines. However, the World Health Organization warned the hackers, despite which the incident has taken place.

And government officials in the United States, Britain, and other parts of the world have issued cybersecurity warnings about the dangers of a new remote workforce as people are departing to their homes to work and study because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Cybersecurity firms, including Romania’s Bitdefender and Moscow-based Kaspersky, said they had tracked many of DarkHotel’s hacker’s operations to East Asia, which is an area that has been particularly affected by the coronavirus. Specific targets have included government employees and business executives in countries such as China, North Korea, Japan, and the United States.

Costin Raiu, The head of Global research and analysis at Kaspersky, did not confirm that DarkHotel hackers were actually responsible for the attack on the websites of WHO, but said the same malicious, illegal web infrastructure had made an attempt for the crime against the other healthcare and humanitarian organizations in recent weeks. Costin also noted that “At times like this, any information about cures or tests or vaccines relating to coronavirus would be priceless and the priority of any intelligence organization of an affected country,”

Officials and cyber-security experts have already warned that hackers are seeking to gain the advantage of international concern over the spread of the demonic virus.

Mr.Alexander Urbelis said that he found this incident to be unusual and did not expect an immediate attack on the web infrastructure of WHO.

Saudi Arabia refuses to talk about oil deals

Saudi Arabia said that it was not in contact with Russia to deal with the fields of oil and oil markets despite the increase in pressure from Washington to stop a price routing between the coronavirus pandemic and an attempt made by Moscow to fix the split with the de facto OPEC leader.

A supply pact of 3 years between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other manufacturers, including Russia, fell apart this month after Moscow rejected to support the plan of Riyadh for deeper production cuts, prompting Saudi Arabia to witness the increase in output to a record.

The output supply boost has collided with cascading demand and service as governments around the world bought into action the national lockdowns to decrease the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The statement was risen after a senior Russian official said that a more significant number of oil producers could cope up with OPEC and Russia, in an indirect reference to the States, the world’s largest producer, which has never deflated the production.

Joint actions between the countries are needed to restore and buck up the global economy. The joint action can also be made possible in the OPEC deals,” said Kirill Dmitriev, the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund.

Dmitriev and Energy Minister Alexander Novak were Russia’s most impromptu top negotiators for the previous pact, which officially tends to expire on the 31st of March. Dmitriev refused to claim which nations could be clubbed in the new deal.

The deal between OPEC and Russia broke down after Moscow refused to support massive resulting curbs.

The idea of Washington cooperating with OPEC was told as impossible for a very long time, not the lowest because of U.S. antitrust laws. U.S. President Donald Trump has repetitively showed anger with the cartel because its actions led to an increase in prices.

However, Saudi Arabia’s recent move has put Washington in a critical position. In essence, its fight for market share has led to a decrease in prices, the U.S. shale industry, which has higher costs than Saudi or Russian production comparatively.

The U.S. administration is dealing with problematic situations to save the shale industry, which has borrowed a loan of trillions of dollars to allow the country to become a massive oil and gas exporter.

A group of six U.S. senators wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying that Saudi Arabia and Russia have benchmarked upon an economic battle against the United States and were threatening the U.S.

They called on Saudi Arabia to quit from OPEC, reverse its policy of high output, partner with the States in strategic energy projects, or face the struggles.

Other senators from the states that produce oil introduced a bill on Friday that would remove U.S. armed forces from the kingdom.

Trump said last week that he would show his involvement in the oil price between Saudi Arabia and Russia at the appropriate time.

The head of the International Energy Agency, an adviser to the United States and many other industrialized countries, also called on Saudi Arabia to help stabilize the security market.

Algeria, which holds the OPEC presidency currently, has called up for a conference of the group’s Economic Commission Board to be held no later than 10th of April to discuss current oil market conditions.

US stocks seesawed

U.S stocks seesawed on Wednesday, digesting the beforehand session’s huge bounce back, with owners bruised as a bright side about an approximate $2 trillion coronavirus pandemic package was compensated by concerned about the lasting economic results from the pandemic.

US stocks seesawed

The S and P 500.SPX was up 1.18%, and yields on U.S. treasury stock market US10YT=RR US2YT=RR were mainly off as stock markets awaited for senators to vote on a $2 trillion bipartite package of legislation to lighten up the wrecking economic deflation of the coronavirus crisis, hoping it will become law rapidly.

The senstion was due to covenant at noon EDT (1600 GMT), though the timing of the vote was not proper. The House of Representatives is expected to follow soon after. President Donald Trump supports the measure, the White House said and has talked about reopening U.S. businesses by Easter on April 12.

On the impulse of taxation, this is significant progress, but the devil’s also in the details. We still don’t have the legislation to read for particulars in how it will be bought into action and carried out. There are some concerns about how long it will take for money to come back at the households, how long will it take for small businesses to access funding.

This is not the all-clear; it’s just material inflation. Until we know we can go back to work safely and that we can go to restaurants and go to stores and actually engage and communicate with other humans in close proximity, with the elimination of social distancing, I don’t think you can make an economic call or a market call. It’s way too early to be trying to call and trying to use past crisis and looking at valuation levels. At the same time, it can be informative, and there aren’t any equivalents historically to use, given that we don’t know how long or extensive these shutdowns downs might be. We also don’t know how globally the pandemic is spreaded, how worse the impact will be on the economy.

We’re trying to figure out what unemployment claims might be this week, and we’re coming up with a number that could be over 2.5 million and perhaps as high as 3.5 million. Last week it was 282,000. When you think about those kinds of numbers and that kind of magnitude of inflation in unemployment and shock to the system, it’s way too early to be trying to call a bottom or stay tuned how much further the market could go down.”

The market would like to see that bill get passed and put that behind them. I think the market may be a little disturbed that this is still not done yet. And until it’s signed by the House and agreed to by all three parties, there’s still some incertitude. Owners would like to see the bills committed, done, and put into action.”

“In the short term, the market still going to stay very smooth and simple until one of three things happens – either the number of deaths and the number of new infections in the U.S, peak, until there is some kind of an antidote or vaccine developed or until the U.S. economy begins to function.”

“Investors are also having an adamant time figuring out what bottom line incomes and revenues are for the U.S. economy right now. It’s been tough for investors right now to predict corporate gains. When that occurs on the market, it’s going to have a higher degree of essential functioning.”

“There’s been significant technical dismissal done to the market. I don’t think the market is going to buck up itself rapidly totally. It was a straight move down, but we don’t expect it to be a straight move up. It’s going to take a lot of time.”

“What’s remarkable in this particular pandemic, compared to 2008 or to the previous crisis, is the reply by the policy because the speed with which they’ve modified existing programs and introduced new ones is completely unprecedented. Clearly, authorities have learned from the 2008 global economic crisis.”

E-Business faces trouble due to lockdown

India’s coronavirus shutdown is disturbing the growth of e-commerce companies, including Amazon and Flipkart, despite the fact that the government assures it would not, four sources familiar with the matter told news services. Different states and districts relating to the 21-day shutdown, which began on Wednesday, are hindering operations, the sources said on Friday.

E-Business faces trouble due to lockdown

The losses highlight the difficulties of ensuring the supply of ordered goods to 1.3 billion people during the lockdown in India, which has so far reported 725 cases of coronavirus and 18 deaths.

Most of Amazon’s 70 plus fulfillment centers in India are locked down, and the U.S. Company is making decisions with state officials to try to open them again, four of the news services said.

Industry officials say local authorities have not followed the rules and regulations, stoppage of deliveries, and warehouses from functioning.

“It’s worse than one can think,” one news service said. In contrast, a second source said that only a “minute” number of Amazon businesses were functioning, adding to the point that this as a critical reason for troublesome activities.

Even when functions begin to operate like usual, it will only happen in capital cities, the news service said.

Amazon claimed in one of their statement that their first priority was to supply the goods and services which consumers need the most, and it was seeking urgent help from the federal government and local authorities with detailed on-the-ground operating procedures.

Amazon’s Pantry service was shut down from activating, and the supply slot for essential goods, such as oil and soaps and other basic needs, was shown as being April 26, in New Delhi.

“There are clear rules and regulations provided by the federal government to enable particular goods and services, and so we are operating with the respective authorities to assure we are able to function,” Amazon said on Twitter in response to queries from users in India.

Indian trade minister Piyush Goyal held a meeting with e-commerce executives and experts on Thursday and said the federal government was “committed to assuring those essential goods reach the people.”

Walmart-owned Flipkart has also been hit with the side effects of the pandemic, with some grocery items which had been available intermittently going out of stock earlier on Friday in New Delhi.

A news report familiar with the situation said Flipkart was facing disruptions with last-minute delivery of goods once they leave its warehouse. They were not able to deliver to the consumers due to restrictions on movement.

Flipkart said in a statement it had started grocery operations, and there was a significant spike in receiving orders from the consumers.

“We are improving the capacity to meet the increase in consumer needs,” the news source said, adding it had received support from local and federal officials.

This enormous, massive lockdown has undoubtedly affected the capital growth and the monthly revenue of the E-Business. It will thus take time to recover after the 21 days of lockdown. Amazon and Flipkart are not only facing many disruptions but also remain shut until the end of the entire pandemic.

Pakistan doctor dies due to lack of protection over the threat

A Pakistani doctor passed away on Sunday while testing suspected patients with coronavirus while he was found positive towards the virus. This incident at Islamabad highlights the danger to physicians who have less or no access to protection while treating the victims.

Dr. Osama Riaz was treating people who returned from Iran and thus got affected with the virus. Shah Zaman, the top health official in the country’s northern Gilgit province, officially announced the death of the doctor.

Pakistan shares borders with China and Iran, which are the two most affected countries with the coronavirus has reported 658 infected victims followed by three deaths, the highest count in South Asia. With an improper health care system and has the sixth-largest population in the world with 208 million people, Pakistan also is said to be in danger.

“We request the Pakistan government to provide us personal protection equipment immediately,” Dr. Asfandyar Khan, president staff at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences in Islamabad, told in front of the news conference on Friday. He also said, “It is like suicide to treat the patients without protection. If infection spreads in hospitals, believe me, no person will be ready to touch any patient.” He also claimed that doctors would stop their work if the necessary essential protection is not provided to the doctors, nurses, or paramedics.

Health Minister of Pakistan, Zafar Mishra, held a meeting with the doctors on Saturday and later on tweeted that “Health workforce is my priority.” The Chief of Pakistan’s national disaster management department, Lt. Gen. Muhammad Afzal said that 12,500 pieces of personal equipment had been provided. His spokesman also gave the assurance that the kits had been sent to hospitals on Sunday.

The Paramedics also claimed another issue regarding the shortage of ventilators. Answering to which, Afzal replied, “We have 1,700 ventilators in public hospitals and another 600 in the private sector, and we are providing 800 more ventilators” He also said an order for 2,00,000 N95 masks and 100,000 kits for virus testing.

Dr. Osama Riaz was a 26 year old and has become the first medic to die after coming in contact with the coronavirus while treating the patients in Pakistan. He was also a part of the 10-member team of the doctors, and he was also put to treat people who just arrived from Iran and Taftan. He also provided services to people and suspected patients who are in isolation and established them from Baltistan. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Medical Association of Baltistan has accused the Government and its negligence towards the death of Riaz and asked for the provision of safety to doctors. Riaz had contracted COVID-19 due to the negligence of the Government, and its health department says the president of PMA Zulfiqar Ali and he also says that “we will again see what the issue is and if the quarantined pilgrims need to be treated they will be shifted to DHQ which means District Headquarter Hospital or the city hospital.

Dr. Osama was a young physician, and His colleagues told the news that Osama ignored his health and served the patients till late night as the patients have not been provided any services before due to the shortage of equipment and the ventilators and the place to provide the treatment to them. Commending about the young doctor who is said to be worked at an utmost dedication and perform his duty has found dead because of the virus and the lack of protection to the doctors while treating the victims affected by the coronavirus.