Hackers try to penetrate the vital ‘cold chain’ for coronavirus vaccines, security team reports

The hackers took measures to hide their tracks, and the cyber-sleuths did not name which state might be behind the campaign.

The IBM team said it was not known why the hackers were trying to penetrate the systems. It suggested that the intruders might want to steal information, glean details about technology or contracts, create confusion and distrust, or disrupt the vaccine supply chains.

The hackers probably sought “advanced insight into the purchase and movement of a vaccine that can impact life and the global economy,” the IBM team said.

Because there was “no clear path to a cash-out” as there is in a ransomware attack, there was an increased likelihood of a state actor’s being involved, IBM said. However, the IBM investigators cautioned, it was still possible that criminals could be looking for ways to illegally obtain “a hot black-market commodity” such as an initially scarce vaccine.

The new

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Hackers targeting supply chain that keeps coronavirus vaccines cold, experts warn

Hackers backed by foreign governments are targeting companies involved in the shipping and storing the coronavirus vaccine at a low enough temperature to keep it from spoiling, IBM said in research released Thursday.

The announcement is the latest in a series of cybersecurity research reports that point to foreign governments employing hackers to break into the networks of groups working to rush out a vaccine, and comes as the U.S. prepares to ship refrigerated boxes of vaccines across the country this month.

While not every potential vaccine requires the same refrigeration, the one developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, which was approved Wednesday in the U.K. and may soon become the first coronavirus vaccine approved for distribution in the U.S., has to be shipped in special boxes of dry ice that must be opened quickly before use. The White House has claimed that as many as 20 million doses of the vaccine could

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Hackers Are Targeting the Covid-19 Vaccine ‘Cold Chain’

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, hackers and scammers have focused extraordinary attention on it, whether for espionage or for grift. Now, as pharmaceutical companies prepare to ship long-awaited vaccines, a new round of sophisticated phishing attacks is focused on the complex supply chain that will get them to people in need.

Two of the leading Covid-19 vaccine candidates, by Pfizer and Moderna, have been submitted to the FDA for emergency authorization; the agency is scheduled to evaluate Pfizer’s application on December 10, and Moderna’s one week later. UK regulators approved Pfizer’s vaccine on Wednesday. Which means that the next challenge for both vaccines is transporting them. They must be kept at frigid temperatures—minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit for Moderna, and 94 degrees below for Pfizer—requiring a network of specialists known as the “cold chain.” Today, security researchers at IBM are releasing findings that a campaign has for months targeted a significant

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Patch Notes Revealed For November 24

Developer Treyarch has rolled out another update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S / Series X. Along with adding an ’80s-inspired Nuketown map, the patch address various bugs and gameplay stability issues.

The headlining feature is the addition of Nuketown ’84, an updated version of the classic Nuketown map flavored with a dash of the ’80s. Nuketown ’84 has been included in the Quick Play Core and Hardcore rotation list, as well as Custom Games, the 24/7 feature playlist, and Onslaught on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Treyarch has also enabled the Double XP event until November 30 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET.

The update also addresses stability issues across multiplayer and Zombies, fixes hit detection issues in Zombies, irons out problems with knife camos in multiplayer, and more.

This patch comes a

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Your PS5 May Be Playing The PS4 Version Of Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

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Download bugs and weird defaults are making it a pain for some people to get the PS5 to install and play the next-gen version of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

As first reported by Eurogamer over the weekend, PS5 players with the Cross-Gen bundle or Ultimate Editions of the latest Call of Duty are struggling to access the PS5 version of the game. These versions appear to be defaulting to installing the PS4 version, even on PS5. If you’ve been playing the game on your next-gen console and not noticing improved graphics and the new haptic feedback in the DualSense triggers, it might be because you aren’t actually playing the next-gen version.

Sony and Activision did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This happened to me as well over the weekend, and it wasn’t immediately clear how to fix it, in

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Black Ops Cold War’ Hack Makes Players Invulnerable To Zombies’ Attacks


  • “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” is now available on various gaming platforms
  • Some players already uncovered hacks to bypass some of the game’s mechanics
  • One of the hacks discovered lets players become immune to zombies’ attacks

New and veteran “Call of Duty” fans are now having fun exploring “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War” and its campaigns. One of the fan favorite modes in the franchise’s latest offering is the Zombies Mode. Interestingly, a new video shows a hack in the Zombies mode that makes the player invulnerable to the Undead’s attacks.

In a video shared on TikTok by user Stark London, the player reveals a specific spot where he is not vulnerable to zombies’ attacks. This is the part of the mission where the portal opens up and players get the chance to climb on top of the machine. On this spot, the player

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Call of Duty: Black Ops — Cold War sets digital sales record

Call of Duty: Black Ops — Cold War set a new record for the highest first-day digital sales in the franchise’s history.

Activision Blizzard Europe/Middle East/Africa managing director Anna Malmhake said in a statement on Sunday that the title is releasing into the largest and most-engaged Call of Duty community ever, thanks to the expansion of the franchise in the past year. (Here’s our review of the game).

The game debuted across current-generation consoles, next-generation consoles and the PC on Friday.

Call of Duty: Mobile has reached more than 300 million downloads on mobile devices, and the battle royale mode Call of Duty: Warzone has been downloaded more than 80 million times.

Malmhake said the company will continue its practice of launching free post-launch content.

Meanwhile, some players are reporting bugs. I noticed a bug in the single-player campaign on the PlayStation 5, in a part where two characters are

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Here comes the new US-China Digital Cold War

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The economic tug-of-war between the U.S. and China will be the defining geopolitical mega-trend of our lifetime. Credit: Getty

One of the top priorities President-elect Joe Biden will have to tackle—right after COVID-19 and shoring up the economy—is our relationship with China, (which of course figures in those two issues as well.) The U.S.-China relationship re-emerged this past week and I suspect will continue to do so as we move towards Inauguration Day.

It was a central tenet of Trumpism that China was demonized and blamed for our economic and societal woes—everything from job losses and trade deficits to fentanyl—and of course the COVID-19 pandemic too. And guess what? In some respects President Donald Trump was spot on, but he so conflated these truths with hyperbole and falsehoods that he undermined his own argument and as such gave ammunition to the Chinese. 

Bottom line: Relations between the two biggest economies

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Black Ops Cold War’ Launch On PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X And PS5?

2020 may be a year of punishing surprises, but it appears that one yearly ritual remains as reliable as the sun rising in the morning. It may be a bit later than usual, but we’re getting a new Call of Duty game, just in time for the peak holiday shopping season. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War launches on November 13, bringing the storied shooter series to another generation of consoles in addition to PC, making for an extensive roster this year: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PS5. One supposes that, given Xboxes two consoles this generation, this is the most machines a Call of Duty has ever launched on.

Launch is, in some cases, a coordinated global launch, and rolling in other cases. Here’s the deal on each platform:

Xbox Series X+S, Xbox

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