Will Covid make countries drop cash and adopt digital currencies? | Kenneth Rogoff

Coronavirus has accelerated the shift away from banknotes – central banks must act fast to catch up As the Covid-19 crisis accelerates the long-term shift away from cash (at least in tax-compliant, legal transactions), official discussions about digital currencies are heating up. Between the impending launch of Facebook’s Libra and China’s proposed central-bank digital currency, events now could reshape global finance for a generation. A recent report from the G30 argues that if central banks want to shape the outcome, they need to start moving fast. Much is at stake, including global financial stability and control of information. Financial innovation, if not carefully managed, is often at the root of a crisis, and the dollar gives the US significant monitoring and sanctions capabilities. Dollar dominance is not just about what currency is used, but also about the systems that clear transactions and, from China to Europe, there is a growing desire to challenge this. This is where a lot of the innovation is taking place. Related: Will coronavirus mean the demise of banknotes? | Howard Davies Continue reading...

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Why CBD Sales are Blooming in 2020

In today’s re-opening economy, it seems that consumers are buying more CBD oil more than ever before in history. With studies and clinical trials showing more promise from cannabidiol – the primary compound found in CBD oil – Americans are using this nutraceutical to find peace-of-mind while boosting their own body’s response to everyday issues. […] The post Why CBD Sales are Blooming in 2020 appeared first on Blogtrepreneur.

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New Zealand records first new local Covid-19 cases in 102 days

Auckland to enter lockdown as Ardern confirms four members of a family have tested positive Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNew Zealand has recorded four new cases of Covid-19 after 102 days without any community transmission, the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, has announced at a late-night press conference. Auckland was swiftly put under a three-day lockdown after four cases were confirmed in one family in the city. The family had not travelled overseas and the source of the infection was unknown. Continue reading...

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This Week in Security News: Robots Running the Industrial World Are Open to Cyber Attacks and Industrial Protocol Translation Gone Wrong

Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days. Based on research that Trend Micro released during Black Hat USA this past week, read about how some industrial robots have flaws that could make them vulnerable to advanced... The post This Week in Security News: Robots Running the Industrial World Are Open to Cyber Attacks and Industrial Protocol Translation Gone Wrong appeared first on .

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Progress on our goal to be carbon negative by 2030

In January, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, President Brad Smith, and Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood launched a bold new environmental sustainability initiative focusing on carbon, water, waste and biodiversity. We began this work by announcing one of the most ambitious carbon commitments put forward by any company: Microsoft will be carbon negative by 2030 and... The post Progress on our goal to be carbon negative by 2030 appeared first on Microsoft on the Issues.

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Ignore the actor, focus on the behavior.

Dave shares an horrific cyberstalking story from the local area, Joe's story is about a phishing campaign impersonating voicemail alerts, The Catch of the Day is an HR front for a check floating scam, and later in the show, Dave's conversation with Johnathan Hunt of GitLab on his perspective of dealing with bad actors: ignore them. Links to stories: Anne Arundel man sentenced for ‘cyberstalking’ ex-girlfriend by hacking her accounts and getting her arrested New Voicemail-Themed Phishing Attacks Use Evasion Techniques and Steal Credentials Catch of the Day: I was just super bored. But now I have something to do. Have a Catch of the Day you'd like to share? Email it to us at hackinghumans@thecyberwire.com or hit us up on Twitter.

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Global Payment Stats Every Business Should Be Aware of

It is important for businesses to be aware of what is happening in the industry as they impact companies on a micro level. You cannot reach a wider market without... The post Global Payment Stats Every Business Should Be Aware of appeared first on Hacker Combat.

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Reddit Gets Trumped: Hackers Vandalize Communities With MAGA Messages

Reddit got Trumped. On Friday, many users visited their favorite subreddits and found something unexpected: pro-Donald Trump Make America Great Again campaign banners and messages supporting the president. It was not a coincidence. Read more...

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You wouldn’t know it from the coverage, but most Germans are fine with Trump’s withdrawal of US troops

President Trump’s decision to withdraw 12,000 U.S. troops from Germany has prompted a surfeit of lamentation from foreign policy elites. Yet most of the commentaries overlook an important factor: the opinion of the German people themselves. According to a poll released this week, 47 percent of Germans support reducing the number of U.S. soldiers on…        

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More pain than gain: How the US-China trade war hurt America

As a candidate in 2016, Donald Trump built his argument for the presidency around his claimed acumen as a dealmaker. As the 2020 election draws nearer, President Trump and his surrogates are doubling down on that assertion, including by calling attention to what he has deemed “the biggest deal ever seen”: the “phase one” trade deal with China. The agreement…        

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Lebanon as Paradise Lost

Lebanese and foreigners alike have long nurtured nostalgic images of what Lebanon supposedly represents. But the tragic explosions in Beirut on August 4 demonstrate again how far that reality is from the truth. A self-reverential joke once common in Lebanon posited that God bestowed Lebanon with beautiful mountains, stunning beaches, freshwater resources, fertile soil and…        

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Election Security Challenges and The Role of Disinformation

By Flashpoint Global Intelligence Team Flashpoint analysts have been tracking various disinformation campaigns and monitoring tools that can be used to attack electoral infrastructure or spread disinformation within online illicit communities. A successful attack on election infrastructure would have very different consequences than what is typically associated with conventional attacks against corporate networks. Unlike financial […] The post Election Security Challenges and The Role of Disinformation appeared first on Flashpoint.

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Let’s Talk About TikTok

Derek Banks // I recently heard something on the news that caught my attention.  I suppose that isn’t abnormal these days, but this in particular was the first time I had heard of anything like it.  The US Government was considering banning a popular application in use on mobile devices.  Not just on government devices, […] The post Let’s Talk About TikTok appeared first on Black Hills Information Security.

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Smart Locks Not So Smart with Wi-Fi Security

The rise of online property rental in an increasingly competitive sharing economy has had a severe impact on the adoption of Internet-connected smart locks. Packed with features that allow landlords to issue and revoke access by electronically sharing a token or pin code during booking, intelligent locks have managed to eliminate meeting strangers or using […]

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