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Covid-19: Vaccines and vaccine passports being sold on darknet

Covid-19: Vaccines and vaccine passports being sold on darknet

Technology
Getty ImagesCovid-19 vaccines, vaccine passports and faked negative test papers are being sold on the darknet.Prices range between $ 500 (£360) and $ 750 for doses of AstraZeneca, Sputnik, Sinopharm or Johnson & Johnson jabs.Fake vaccination certificates are also being sold by anonymous traders for as little as $ 150.Researchers say they have seen a "sharp increase" in vaccine-related darknet adverts, while the BBC has been unable to verify if the vaccines are real.The darknet, also known as the dark web, is a portion of the internet that is only accessible through specific browser tools.Researchers at cyber-security company Check Point have monitored hacking forums and other marketplaces since January, when vaccine adverts first appeared.They say the number of adverts they have seen h...
How ‘religiously targeted’ vaccine misinformation circulating on WhatsApp is being dealt with by faith groups

How ‘religiously targeted’ vaccine misinformation circulating on WhatsApp is being dealt with by faith groups

Technology
Faith groups are leading the fight against vaccine misinformation on what one called the "lawless wasteland" of WhatsApp.Messages spreading fake COVID-19 information are widely shared on the private messaging app. This is often through a simple "forwarding" feature that copies messages to other contacts. But the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and other groups have been pushing back on that disinformation.Sky News has been collecting and analysing messages to monitor what type of misinformation is shared on WhatsApp, while also speaking to groups which are tackling the problem head on.One example of a vaccine misinformation message on WhatsApp is a video showing two unidentified women falsely claiming that a type of COVID-19 vaccine will change people's DNA. ...
UK environmental protections ‘being flouted’

UK environmental protections ‘being flouted’

Science
Getty ImagesEnvironmental campaigners have accused the government of hypocrisy by setting out environmental protection principles while simultaneously flouting them.UK ministers have just published long-awaited principles that will inform government decision-making.They say they intend to put the environment at the heart of their policy.But the document exempts the Treasury and the Ministry of Defence from being bound by the principles.And environmentalists complain that the principles are meaningless anyway, because the government presses on with activities that will harm the planet – such as the planned Cumbria coalmine and the £27bn road-building programme. The principles have been laid out in a consultation document linked to the Environment Bill. Following Brexit, these principles wil...
Covid vaccine being tested in patients with low immunity

Covid vaccine being tested in patients with low immunity

Health
Getty ImagesPeople with low immunity due to health conditions, including cancer, are being recruited to a study to urgently find out if coronavirus vaccines will still offer them high protection. As the UK comes out of lockdown, it is important to know the virus risk for all populations. Trials and real-life data show the shots work very well for most adults, including the very elderly. But there is little evidence on efficacy in immunocompromised patients. The coronavirus vaccines approved by UK regulators are safe and still recommended for people with weakened immune systems due to underlying health conditions or prescribed medications, including those having chemotherapy or stem-cell transplants. In the Octave study, up to 5,000 of these patients, from around the UK, will be vaccinated...
Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs found after being stolen by men who shot dog walker in chest

Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs found after being stolen by men who shot dog walker in chest

Entertainment
Lady Gaga's French bulldogs have been found safe and unharmed - two days after being stolen at gunpoint in Los Angeles.Koji and Gustav were handed in at LAPD's Olympic Community Police Station on Friday evening by a woman who appears to be "uninvolved and unassociated" with the armed robbery. It isn't clear how she came to have the animals, but both dogs have now been safely reunited with the pop star's representatives. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Moment Lady Gaga's dog walker is shot "I can confirm that the...