United Kingdom: Manchester Bomb Attack Illustrates Continued Severe Threat from Islamist-inspired Extremists

The UK government's threat level for international terrorism remains unchanged at "Severe" following an apparent suicide bomb attack at a pop concert in Manchester, UK, May 22. Although the Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility, it is unclear whether the attack was the work of a lone actor, or was directed by a larger terrorist organization; the perpetrator's methods indicate that he could have received technical guidance or material assistance. The incident demonstrates the latent terrorist threat across the UK, regardless of precedent. 

How to Minimize Jet Lag Symptoms

To minimize the symptoms of jet lag, travelers need to recognize that their internal clock and circadian rhythm are dependent on environmental cues, such as light. Jet lag not only impacts individual travelers but can also affect a company’s bottom line. This blog post attempts to present simplified, best practice information, while acknowledging that a host of other information - which some may find confusing or complex - exists on the Internet.

Worldwide: Malware Attacks

The WannaCry malware attack that started in the UK on May 12 has reportedly spread to more than 70 countries, including the US, Italy, China, and Russia. The attack exploits a Microsoft Windows vulnerability dubbed 'EternalBlue' (MS17-010) that was recently leaked to the public by the Shadow Brokers hacker group. 

Gaps in Vaccination Coverage: Measles Outbreaks in Europe

Vaccination standards and requirements vary by country in Europe. Therefore, sporadic outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases - including measles - are not uncommon. However, the potential for large outbreaks occurs when immunization coverage drops below 95 percent, and the population of unvaccinated individuals in the European Union (EU) has increased in recent years. This is thought to be due, at least in part, to declining childhood vaccination rates in response to perceived risks, fear, and speculation regarding an incorrect and disproven association between vaccines and autism...