$590 mn in ransomware payments reported to US in 2021 as attacks surge

New data showed a major jump in the number of ransomware-related payments that have been reported to US authorities New data out Friday showed $590 million in ransomware-related payments were reported to US authorities in the first half of 2021, setting a pace to beat totals for the previous decade as cyber-extortion booms. “If current … Read more

Cyprus to revoke 45 ‘golden passports’ after corruption probes

Cyprus has started procedures to revoke citizenship granted to 39 foreign nationals and six of their family members under its cancelled investment-for-passports programme. A government statement said the Council of Ministers decided to overturn an earlier decision to grant citizenship to one foreign investor and a “dependent family member”. No additional information was given on … Read more

With Mandates Approaching, Demand for Fake COVID-19 Vaccination Cards Explodes

What to Know New research shows the cost, number of counterfeiters and buyers increased tremendously on the messaging app Telegram after Biden’s September mandate announcement. Unauthorized use of a government agency’s seal is illegal at the federal level, meaning fake vaccination cards can lead to fines and up to 5 years in prison in addition … Read more

Brexit: EU outlines proposals aimed at resolving stand-off over Northern Ireland protocol – live

The EU is offering what it describes as a “bespoke Northern Ireland-specific solution” on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) rules. It would see an 80% reduction in spot checks that would have been required on retail goods arriving in Northern Ireland if the original protocol was implemented in full. The requirement to submit documentary information online … Read more

UK worker shortage threatens Christmas turkey supply

Flower Farm, nestled in the countryside of southern England, faces turmoil this winter as it contends with worker shortages that will leave it struggling to meet its Turkey orders this Christmas. In a dark wooden barn in the countryside of southeast England, farmer Patrick Deeley is surrounded by a throng of 600 white turkeys at … Read more