1 US, Canada, UK Accuse Russia Of Trying To Steal COVID-19 Information
The U.S., U.K. and Canada are accusing Russia of trying to steal information from researchers developing a COVID-19 vaccine. Britain's National Cybersecurity Centre says the group of Russian hackers known as A-P-T-29, or ‘Cozy Bear’ are trying to steal intellectual property, but it's not clear if they were successful. At the same time, officials say they don't believe anyone's private information was exposed. This isn’t the first time we’ve encountered ‘Cozy Bear,’ they’re one of two groups who stole emails from the Democratic National Committee before the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Meanwhile, President Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci are ending their silent streak. According to reports, the President and Fauci spoke by phone on Wednesday for the first time since early June. The timing would be notable considering that White House trade adviser Peter Navarro was reprimanded for writing a "USA Today" op-ed bashing Fauci that day Trump went on to insist that he has a "very good relationship with Anthony."
2 Texans Veteran Couple Defrauded Army Of Millions
Federal agents say that a veteran U.S. Army couple stole millions of dollars from the military and have seized more than 20 vehicles and the money from 10 bank accounts belonging to them. Warrants were issued last month to search Kevin Pelayo and Cristine Fredericks’ home in Killeen, Texas. Investigators described how the couple allegedly used a transportation reimbursement program for federal employees to swindle the Army out of up to $11.3 million. Investigators told the court there was probable cause to believe the couple committed crimes including wire fraud, identity theft, and money laundering. They claim the couple was using the personal information of soldiers around the country to sign them up for a mass transportation subsidy without their knowledge and then routed the payments to their business' bank accounts.
3 Washington Redskins Implode With Massive Sex Harassment Scandal
The Washington DC NFL football franchise is back in the news but not because of a name change. It's a whole new crisis for the team as 15 former female employees of the team told "The Washington Post" that they were sexually harassed while working for the organization. The allegations, which reportedly ran from 2006 to 2019, included unwelcomed overtures or comments of a sexual nature, demands they wear revealing clothing, and flirting with clients to close sales deals.None of the 15 women accused owner Daniel Snyder or former team president Bruce Allen of inappropriate behavior, however, the women believed that they both must have known that these behaviors were happening. The team announced in a statement that it hired Washington D.C. attorney Beth Wilkinson "to conduct a thorough independent review of this allegations and help the team set new employee standards for the future."