10 30 CyberAttack

Summary: Hospitals as well as pharmaceutical companies and research centers developing COVID-19 vaccines are being cyberattacked, exacerbating already strained resources during the pandemic. Although this has been going on throughout the pandemic, the severity and scale of the attacks are increasing. In addition to all the unnecessary deaths caused by prolonging the pandemic, there has already been one fatality as a direct result of the cyberattacks and there is a growing risk of more to come.

Tags: Bioterrorism and Public Health: Bioterrorism and Public Health
Sections (PHBT): COVID-19,Hospital Safety
Targeted Threats (PHBT): Health Agencies,Healthcare Research
Public Health Trends and Analysis: Public Health Trends and Analysis

BioterrorReport DispatchCover Oct27 2020 350px

In this issue:

  • Public health misinformation leads to a mounting death toll
  • Social media platforms enable instant radicalization and dispersal of misinformation
  • Politicization of safety measures creates vulnerable targets in the healthcare industry
  • Increased interest in biochemical weapons in light of destruction brought on by pandemic
Tags: Bioterrorism and Public Health: Bioterrorism and Public Health
Sections (PHBT): Biological Weapon,Chemical Weapon,COVID-19,Food Defense,Public Health
Chemical (PHBT): Acids
Food Defense: Food contamination
BTPH Monthly Report: BTPH Monthly Report

bioterror coronavirus

Summary: A neo-Nazi Boogaloo-affiliated channel proclaimed that so-called global "elites" plan on implementing and violently enforcing draconian pandemic mitigation measures and mandatory vaccination programs with the ultimate intent of controlling and/or killing "millions" of people, also suggesting they are plotting to re-elect Donald Trump as a mechanism to do so.  

Tags: Pharmaceutical Industry: AstraZeneca
Live Threat: Live Threat

covidvaccine

Summary: Far-right extremists have alleged that the COVID-19 vaccine is being used to inject civilians with nanotechnology as a means of tracking people and "neuro monitoring, control, and modification," specifically naming Moderna, Regeneron, Bill Gates and DARPA. 

Tags: Bioterrorism and Public Health: Bioterrorism and Public Health
Sections (PHBT): COVID-19
Targeted Threats (PHBT): Government, Healthcare Research, Infrastructure

poison

Summary: A large manual on isolating and extracting poisons from plants, animals and household items was shared in a pro-Jihadi channel, along with instructions for safety while working with poisons and possible application and implementation of the poisons. 

Tags: Bioterrorism and Public Health: Bioterrorism and Public Health
Sections (PHBT): Chemical Weapon,Public Health
Targeted Threats (PHBT): Commerce, Entertainment, Food Industry, General Public, Infrastructure, Transportation

9 8 MaskDayCover

Summary: In a campaign against the use of face masks as safety measures for COVID-19, far right and conspiracy theorist groups distributed posters online calling to burn or throw away their masks on September 15, 2020.

Tags: Bioterrorism and Public Health: Bioterrorism and Public Health
Countries (PHBT): United Kingdom
Sections (PHBT): COVID-19
Targeted Threats (PHBT): General Public

BTP Report 9.2.20

In this issue:

  • Disinformation campaigns by radical groups lead to public health harm
  • Pharmaceutical companies are under attack by conspiracy theorists
  • Increasing threat of SARS-CoV-2 as a bioweapon as scientific knowledge grows
  • Extremist groups ramp up protests against COVID-19 safety measures
Tags: Bioterrorism and Public Health: Bioterrorism and Public Health
Countries (PHBT): Germany
Biological (PHBT): COVID-19
BTPH Monthly Report: BTPH Monthly Report

berlinrally

Summary: In a speech to thousands in Berlin on August 29, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. criticized the pharmaceutical industry and propagated conspiracy theories.

Tags: Bioterrorism and Public Health: Bioterrorism and Public Health
Countries (PHBT): Germany
Sections (PHBT): COVID-19,Public Health
Public Health Trends and Analysis: Public Health Trends and Analysis

24434 Converted

Summary: A Canadian vlogger’s health-endangering COVID-19 conspiracy theories are reaching thousands, adding to mounting sources of likeminded misinformation. The videos discourage individuals from using contact tracing apps and potential COVID-19 vaccines; promote hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 cure; assert that COVID-19 was lab-created; and specifically mention public health figures and institutions.

Tags: Bioterrorism and Public Health: Bioterrorism and Public Health
Countries (PHBT): Canada
Sections (PHBT): COVID-19,Public Health
Targeted Threats (PHBT): Healthcare Research

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