Beware! Criminal Networks Likely to Sell Fake Coronavirus Vaccines on Internet, Interpol Issues Global Alert


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Coronavirus Vaccine Latest Update: At a time when a number of companies are busy developing coronavirus vaccine for the deadly virus, the Interpol on Thursday warned law enforcement agencies across the globe that organised criminal networks could try to advertise and sell fake COVID-19 vaccines physically and on the internet.

Issuing an orange alert to all 194 member countries, the Lyon-based international police cooperation body warned agencies to prepare for potential criminal activity in relation to “the falsification, theft and illegal advertising of COVID-19 and flu vaccines”.

“It also includes examples of crimes where individuals have been advertising, selling and administering fake vaccines,” a statement from the Interpol said.

Notably, the Interpol issues an Orange notice to warn of an event, a person, an object or a process representing a serious and imminent threat to public safety. However, the CBI, which is the

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Australia demands apology from China after fake image posted on social media

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a man wearing a suit and tie: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits Tokyo

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits Tokyo

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s prime minister said a fake image of an Australian soldier posted on a Chinese official’s Twitter account was “truly repugnant” and Canberra was demanding it be taken down, amid deteriorating relations between the two countries.

Scott Morrison called a media briefing to condemn the posting of the image, which depicted an Australian soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan child, and said Canberra was seeking an apology from Beijing.

The Australian government has asked Twitter to remove the tweet, posted on Monday by China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, Morrison said.

“It is utterly outrageous and cannot be justified on any basis,” Morrison said. “The Chinese government should be utterly ashamed of this post. It diminishes them in the world’s eyes.”

Australia’s relationship with China has deteriorated since Canberra

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YouTube suspends OANN for allegedly peddling fake COVID-19 cures

YouTube has temporarily suspended OANN for promoting a fake COVID-19 cure on its channel. 

A spokesperson for the video platform told Axios on Tuesday that One America News Network (OANN), a conservative news outlet, will not be able to post any new content on its YouTube channel for a week — and is also no longer able to monetize video content.

The one-week ban is considered a ‘strike’ under YouTube’s COVID-19 misinformation policy. 

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The policy was implemented by Google in an attempt to stem a wave of fake news across social media and video services at the time of the first coronavirus outbreak, including fake COVID-19 cures and treatments, conspiracy theories concerning the origin of the virus, and stories claiming COVID-19 is a bioweapon. 

YouTube removes content deemed to “pose a serious risk of egregious harm,” including videos peddling COVID-19 prevention,

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YouTube just suspended OANN after it said the conservative media outlet promoted a fake cure for COVID-19

a close up of a person holding a sign: A reporter with One America News Network works at a campaign rally with President Donald Trump on September 25, 2020 in Newport News, Virginia. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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A reporter with One America News Network works at a campaign rally with President Donald Trump on September 25, 2020 in Newport News, Virginia. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

  • YouTube has suspended the conservative media outlet OANN from posting videos and monetizing its content for a week after it posted a video promoting a fake COVID-19 cure.
  • The site’s policies prohibit users from posting content that claims there is a guaranteed cure for the coronavirus disease.
  • The suspension comes as misinformation surrounding the pandemic and the 2020 presidential election continues to proliferate the online world.
  • Social media platforms have attempted to crack down on misinformation by flagging or removing posts, many of which are published by Republicans, prompting conservatives to launch accusations of anti-conservative bias at tech companies.
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YouTube is temporarily suspending One America News Network (OANN) from the platform

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YouTube Bans Trump-Friendly OANN For One Week After Network Touted Fake Covid Cure


YouTube blocked One America News Network (OANN) from posting new videos or earning money on its platform for one week after the conservative network promoted misleading information about the Covid-19 pandemic, Axios first reported, a move that comes as the network gains new attention amid President Trump’s feud with Fox News.

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It’s the first time YouTube has restricted the Trump-friendly network, according to Axios, though OANN has also violated YouTube’s Covid-19 misinformation policy before. 

The ban will block OANN from posting new videos on YouTube’s site and bar the network from earning money through YouTube’s “Partner Program.”

A YouTube spokesperson, Ivy Choi, told CNN the platform removed the video and restricted the network from its site

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FBI: Fake versions of our site could be used for cyberattacks, so watch out

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning the public to avoid internet domains designed to look similar to its own main official website 

The warning concerns dozens of websites that could be used to target people seeking information about the FBI’s activities or news announcements. 

“The FBI observed unattributed cyber actors registering numerous domains spoofing legitimate FBI websites, indicating the potential for future operational activity,” it said in the public service announcement (PSA) on Monday.   

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The FBI is concerned that the spoofed FBI-related domains could be used as part of future attacks aimed at stealing credentials or spreading disinformation to the public. 

It urged the public to “critically evaluate the websites they visit, and the messages sent to their personal and business email accounts, to seek out reliable and verifiable FBI information.” 

Hackers and criminals can use spoofed domains and email accounts

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Amazon sues influencers, claiming they promoted fake luxury products

  • Amazon filed a lawsuit Thursday against two influencers who it says promoted counterfeit products on their social media accounts.
  • Kelly Fitzpatrick and Sabrina Kelly-Krejci, the influencers named in the suit, are being accused of working with 11 other individuals or businesses to list and promote fake luxury items sold on Amazon in what Amazon describes as an “order this/get this” scheme.
  • According to the suit, Fitzpatrick and Kelly-Krejci would promote an Amazon listing for a seemingly generic item, which was in fact a designer imitation. The fake listings were an effort to dupe Amazon’s counterfeit detection tools, Amazon says. 
  • Amazon has been waging war against counterfeit products on its platform for several years, recently launching a Counterfeit Crimes Unit to help investigate and bring legal action against knock-off items on its platform. 
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Amazon has filed a lawsuit against two social media influencers, claiming

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