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  • What's the big deal about the UK app to track the spread of coronavirus?

    In all fairness, it comes as no surprise that the UK government is planning to launch a coronavirus tracking app to help combat the spread of the virus, and many people will consider this a wise move. However, media sources are already flagging some of the privacy abuses UK citizens will experience once this app is in place, and questioning what will happen with the data collected and how long surveillance of this nature will go on.

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  • Hackers are using coronavirus fears to steal data and passwords

    COVID-19 Tracking Map Targeted

    The interactive map for tracking the spread of the virus, created by John Hopkins University, was targeted by hackers selling malware. Recognised cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs reported the case. The malware itself was designed for compromising the security of the map and infecting the devices of those who used it. To view the fake map, users are required to download software. The university is now aware of the malware that is impersonating the site and has warned those looking to use the map to trust only the COVID-19 tracking maps on the university’s website, as well as one create and maintained by ArcGIS.

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