ABNORMALITIES IN THE VISUAL CORTEX COULD BE THE CAUSE OF MIGRAINES

It has long been known that migraine sufferers experience increased, or extreme, sensitivity to light and sound, and a new study from the Universities of Birmingham and Lancaster could finally explain why. Migraines are a neurological condition characterised by intense, debilitating and persistent headaches. An estimated 6 million people suffer from migraines in the UK, […]

ZINC CAN HELP SHORTEN THE DURATION OF COLD SYMPTOMS BY UP TO 40%

The common cold is a top reason for missed work and school days. Most of us have two or three colds per year, each lasting at least a week. There’s no real cure, but studies from the last several years show that some supplement containing zinc can help shorten the duration of cold symptoms by up to […]

WHY IS THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY STILL FALLING SHORT?

Imagine a doctor completely unaware of what they’re walking into triaging two patients: one in need of a hospital cardiac catheterization lab after an irregular electrocardiogram (EKG) reading, the other suffering from a stroke and needing a CT scan. All systems are down due to ransomware, so the physician working through the scenario can’t access […]

CORPORATE EXECS NEED TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AGAINST INTELLIGENCE SERVICES

The news concerning the hacking of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ mobile phone demonstrates that corporate executives are perfectly legitimate collection targets for governments. Powerful individuals should expect to be targets of criminals, activists, and governments. Furthermore, anyone in failing relationships could be a target for a partner installing “stalkerware.” To address these emerging threats, adopt […]

USING WHATSAPP ON YOUR COMPUTER CAN PUT YOUR FILES AT RISK

The desktop platform of WhatsApp has more than 1.5 billion monthly active users. The flaw affected WhatsApp desktop versions prior to 0.3.9309 when paired with WhatsApp for iPhone versions prior to 2.20.10. Researchers have reported a vulnerability in WhatsApp desktop client for iPhones which puts victim’s files—on their computers—at risk. What happened? Researcher Gal Weizman […]

PHISHERS IMPERSONATE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, EXPLOIT CORONAVIRUS-RELATED ANXIETY

Media outlets are reporting daily on the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan and the emergency repatriation of foreign citizens that found themselves in the thick of it. As cases of the virus infection keep popping up across the world – demonstrating just how small (i.e., well-connected) our planet is – so do fake news and videos about the […]

THREAT GROUP SPONSORS UNDERWORLD HACKING COMPETITION

A notorious Russian threat group famed for its devastating ransomware attacks has funded a hacking competition being run on a dark web forum.  Sodinokibi—the creators of the REvil ransomware—stumped up $15,000 in prize money for the illegal hacking contest, which requires competitors to write original articles containing proof-of-concept videos or original code.  Articles can be […]

NSA GUIDELINES TO IMPROVE CLOUD SECURITY

The National Security Agency (NSA) has released new guidelines to help organizations improve the security of data stored on the cloud. The guidelines include mitigation techniques for cloud vulnerabilities other than the identification of cloud security components, threat actors and more. With the release of the guideline, NSA hopes that organizations can gain perspective on […]

OWNING A DOG LESSENS YOUR RISK OF DEATH– BY AROUND 24%

Need an excellent reason to add a dog to your life? How about living longer? “Our analysis found having a dog is actually protective against dying of any cause,” said Mount Sinai endocrinologist Dr. Caroline Kramer, lead author of a new systematic review of nearly 70 years of global research published Tuesday in “Circulation,” a journal of […]

COLOR-CHANGING BANDAGE TREATS BACTERIAL INFECTIONS

According to the World Health Organization, antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health. Sensing and treating bacterial infections earlier could help improve patients’ recovery, as well curb the spread of antibiotic-resistant microbes. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Central Science have developed color-changing bandages that can sense drug-resistant and drug-sensitive bacteria in wounds and […]