SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, we look at some more coronavirus news.
How Long Do Coronaviruses Survive on Surfaces?
Reader A.D. sent us this from MedicalNewsToday: Coronaviruses: How long can they survive on surfaces? Here is a key quote:
“The authors show that, depending on the material and the conditions, human coronaviruses can remain infectious from 2 hours to 9 days.
At temperatures of around 4°C or 39.2oF, certain versions of the coronavirus could remain viable for up to 28 days. At temperatures of 30–40°C (86–104°F), coronaviruses tended to persist for a shorter time.
At room temperature, a coronavirus responsible for the common cold (HCoV-229E) persisted significantly longer in 50% humidity than 30% humidity. Overall, the authors conclude:
“Human coronaviruses can remain infectious on inanimate surfaces at room temperature for up to 9 days. At a temperature of 30°C [86°F] or more, the duration of persistence is shorter. Veterinary coronaviruses have been shown to persist even longer for 28 d[ays].”
Patriot Nurse: Avoiding the Coronavirus
Chinese is Scrubbing Their Currency
Supply Chain Chaos Unfolds at Major Chinese Ports
Reader C.M. sent this: Supply Chain Chaos Unfolds At Major Chinese Ports As Frozen Meat Containers Pile Up
Ultrasonic Bracelet Jams Device Microphones
Reader DSV suggested this: Ultrasonic bracelet jams the microphones around you
People and Wildlife Benefit from Beavers
Reader C.B. sent us this news, from England: Trial finds benefits to people and wildlife from beavers living wild in English countryside
Attackers Can Impersonate Other Mobile Phone Users
C.B. sent us this: LTE vulnerability: Attackers can impersonate other mobile phone users
Android Has Preinstalled Privacy Hacks
And finally, Peter spotted this: Senior Google engineer reveals privacy bombshell in Android’s preinstalled apps. A pericope:
“Maddie Stone, formally a Senior reverse engineer and tech lead on the Android security team, shockingly revealed a number of examples of how pre-installed apps on Android devices can undermine users privacy and security in her BlackHat USA talk in August 2019. The video of the talk only recently became available to the public in late December 2019.
The apps in question come preloaded on a device when it is purchased and often can’t be removed. Stone reveals a litany of abuses carried out by smartphone manufacturers around the world, discovered following analysis by Google of devices to be distributed by their Android partner. Some of the findings demonstrate the contempt that some manufacturers hold their users privacy and security in.
Almost every manufacturer, including Google, disabled Google Play Protect without warning the user in order to bypass an issue in provisioning devices, a feature in newer versions of Android that is supposed to stop apps behaving maliciously and ultimately protect user privacy and security. Other manufacturers left code on their devices that would allow anyone to execute code remotely – allowing any malicious actor aware of this able to read the contents of your phone without ever needing to physically access to it and without the user knowing. Some manufacturers even modified the Android OS and APIs to allow them to get access to every URL that was accessed on the devices, for unclear purposes, a clear breach of users trust and privacy.”