Canon has recently suffered a ransomware attack that affected over 30 of its external and public services, including email and USA website. According to the reports, 10TB of data and private databases have been stolen. And if Canon doesn’t pay the ransom, they will be leaked publicly.
It seems that Fujifilm isn’t the only camera company making headlines in the fight against COVID-19 coronavirus. Canon has announced that Canon Medical Systems Corporation (Canon Medical) has started the development of a rapid genetic testing system for the novel coronavirus.
The rapid diagnostic test kits they say are part of a research programme focused on developing diagnostics methods for COVID-19 led by the Japanese Agency for Medical Research.
The first major photography trade show of the year, and one of the largest in the world, CP+ 2020 has been cancelled over coronavirus fears. Japan has reported its first death as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the second such confirmed death outside of China. Amid fears that there is no effective treatment or containment measures, organisers have chosen to cancel CP+2020.
This is the second major tech event to be cancelled over coronavirus fears. The world’s largest smartphone show, Mobile World Congress (MWC) was cancelled on February 12th. A notification the CP+ website informs readers of the cancellation of the show, which was planned to take place between February 27th and March 1st, 2020.
28-year-old James Potok, self-professed #ViralBoy, made a very tasteless joke with a view to going viral. The Instagrammer falsely claimed to have coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on a plane. The WestJet flight he was on from Toronto to Jamaica was forced to turn around and land.
Unfortunately, this was the result of the ‘likes’ culture. James did this because he wanted to go viral. In an interview with Global News, he recalled having previously gone viral with a very different claim. He is quoted as saying, “I figured it would invoke some type of reaction. Not on the plane; more people seeing on social media, going, ‘Wow, this kid’s got some balls,’ or, ‘this kid is crazy.‘”
While antivirus software is pretty good these days, it doesn’t always get things right. Some quite nasty stuff still gets missed and sometimes innocent software gets accidentally flagged as suspicious or infected with something when it’s not.
Almost Nikon’s entire collection of Windows software was being identified by some antivirus applications as containing Trojan Horse malware. Nikon says this was a mistake, and that the software caused no actual threat. They have released updates for almost all of their applications to resolve the false alarm.