Deadly Connecticut Storms, Ebola in Congo, Chinese Telecom Risk, Data Breach Report

Deadly Connecticut Storms, Ebola in Congo, Chinese Telecom Risk, and more
  • More than 90,000 homes remain without power, scores of roads are impassable and many schools are closed early Wednesday after a powerful and deadly chain of storms swept across Connecticut Tuesday evening. At least two people were killed and many more injured when the storm swept through western Connecticut.  Hundreds of crews are continuing the lengthy effort to address the damage as weather officials investigate whether a tornado touched down in the area. Officials have little idea how long it will take to clean up the damage that has left some trapped in their homes. Some town leaders issued states of emergency, the Hartford Courant reported.

  • Nineteen people have died of Ebola in Congo as health officials plan to send an experimental vaccine to prevent the spread of the virus that killed thousands in West Africa a few years ago, reports The Washington Post. The World Health Organization said there have been 39 confirmed and suspected cases of Ebola over the past five weeks as the virus spreads across three rural areas covering nearly 40 miles in the northwest part of the country. Among the dead were three health-care workers. Health officials are following up with nearly 400 people identified as contacts of Ebola patients.

  • A high U.S. counterintelligence official told the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday that penetration of the U.S. market by the Chinese telecom firm ZTE could pose a national security risk to the United States. His comments come two days after President Donald Trump tweeted that he was working with the president of China to help ZTE, which has been sanctioned by the U.S. government for doing business with Iran and North Korea. Bill Evanina, who is facing a confirmation vote to head the newly created National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said he was not up to speed on the sanctions against ZTE, and he declined to say whether lifting them would be a good idea.

  • Roughly three out of four cyberbreaches are financially motivated, and about half are committed by members of organized criminal groups, according to Verizon's 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report. Nation-state or state-affiliated actors were involved in 12 percent of the incidents, the study found. The report examined 53,308 security incidents and 2,216 data breaches in 65 countries.