Briefly informed: vaccine, cyber attack, Samsung, rocket crash

To supply poor countries with corona vaccines, the European Union is relying on the dismantling of export barriers and higher production – but not on the release of patents for the time being. This became clear over the weekend at the EU summit in Portugal. Chancellor Angela Merkel clearly rejected the weakening of intellectual property rights. So far, very few have been vaccinated in poorer countries. Last week, US President Joe Biden surprisingly backed the demand to temporarily revoke patents.

After the main gasoline pipeline between Texas and New York was temporarily shut down as a result of a cyberattack, concerns about a prolonged shutdown are growing. In addition, more background information about the attack will be made public. The BBC, citing several unnamed sources, reports that the attack was carried out via the Darkside ransomware. The attackers have taken 100 gigabytes of data and want to force a ransom, otherwise it would be published. Several US states have meanwhile issued special permits that allow the fuel to be transported on roads.

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Samsung is reportedly working on a new processor that will be suitable for both smartphones and notebooks. The chip should have a graphics unit developed jointly with AMD and be manufactured using 5 nanometer technology. According to the Korea Economic Daily, the chip will be presented in the second half of the year.

After unusually large pieces of rocket crashed over the Indian Ocean near the Maldives at the weekend, NASA criticized China because China planned this uncontrolled crash when developing the Long March 5B rocket and did not ensure a controlled crash over uninhabited areas a lot of criticism last week. The US space agency has now joined this. “Space nations must minimize risks to people and property that arise from the re-entry of space objects and maximize their transparency in this regard,” said the new NASA boss Bill Nelson. It is clear that China does not meet responsible standards for space junk.


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