Coronavirus Impacting Technology Around the World

Updated: Feb 6, 2020

As Apple stores in China closed their doors and Uber Mexico bans passenger suspected of being contaminated, other companies are also locking down in response to the spread of the much-feared Wuhan Coronavirus. Apple has temporarily closed 42 retail stores in China due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The tech giant relies on China for a 5th of their total worldwide sales, (about 15%, according to CNN Business), and yet stores across the country have shut their doors until the 9th of February in response to the spread, says the Wall Street Journal. On Sunday, 2 February, Uber Mexico suspended a total of 240 accounts due to confirmed contact with two drivers who may have been exposed to the virus. These accounts belong to users who can no longer use the service, says the LA Times. Though nothing has yet been set in stone and all cases and accounts of possible or assumed contamination are under analysis and investigation, it is clear that it is taking extra precautions with the coronavirus and its spread at risk of business interruptions. As panic rises, so does the value of Bitcoin. CNN says that Bitcoin is again having a moment. Increasing in price of nearly 10% in the last few days and gained more than 30% since the end of 2019. Bitcoin’s best start to the year since 2012. Cyber criminals are also taking advantage of the coronavirus outbreak to spread malware via emails claiming to offer information on how to defend against the real-world virus. This malware is known as Emotet. Emotet group use stolen emails to send messages claiming to be from Japanese health organizations. Those messages include attachments that, according to the spammers, offer information about how to avoid the #Coronavirus. Instead, they spread the group's malware. The messages spread the Emotet malware, which uses infected systems to keep sending these spam messages and also installs other kind of malware. 🧬🧫⛩ #coronavirus #techgiants #apple #uber #bitcoin #china #mexico #cybersecurity #hacker #technology #japan #digital #security #cybercriminals #malware #vulnerability #spams #computerworld #tech #computerengineering #cloud #cybercrime #network #malicioussoftware #securityflaw

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