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  • UK watchdog to investigate King’s Cross facial recognition tech used to spy on public

    August 16, 2019

    The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is launching an investigation into the use of facial recognition technology at King’s Cross following media reports of the covert practice. On Thursday, UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said the use of cameras to track commuters and passers-by in the busy London area “is a potential threat to privacy that should concern ...

  • Thames Valley Police officer killed in Berkshire while investigating burglary

    August 16, 2019

    Ten people have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a police officer killed while attending a reported burglary. PC Andrew Harper, of Thames Valley Police, died at about 23:30 BST on Thursday in Berkshire. The force said the 10 males arrested were aged between 13 and 30, and remain in custody. Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the BBC ...

  • Most UK financial firms hit by cyber attack in the past year

    August 15, 2019

    A survey of 100 senior business decision-makers shows that 70% of UK financial companies suffered a cyber security incident in the past 12 months, with nearly half (43%) caused by employee failure to follow company security protocols or data protection policies. This threat was biggest in mid-sized financial companies (3,000-4,999 employees), with 52% of respondents citing ...

  • Energy Sector Phish Swims Past Microsoft Email Security via Google Drive

    August 15, 2019

    A targeted spearphishing campaign has hit an organization in the energy sector – after using a savvy trick to get around the company’s Microsoft email security stack. According to Aaron Riley, a researcher from Cofense, the campaign impersonated the CEO of the targeted company, sending email via Google Drive purporting to be “sharing an important message” ...

  • Fingerprints of 1M Exposed in Public Biometrics Database

    August 14, 2019

    Researchers discovered the personal and biometrics data of more than a million people left publicly exposed on a database owned by Suprema, a biometric security company. Data includes facial recognition and fingerprint information collected by the UK metropolitan police, small local businesses and governments globally. Suprema touts biometrics software called BioStar 2 that uses facial recognition ...

  • NHS Digital expands cyber security toolkit with new free services for trusts

    August 13, 2019

    NHS organisations will be offered free cyber security services from NHS Digital’s Data Security Centre through a new agreement with Accenture. NHS Digital will provide hospital trusts and other NHS care providers with a range of new perimeter security services designed to decrease organisations’ vulnerability to cyber-attacks, including network intrusion detection and prevention capabilities, web content ...

  • British Airways E-Ticketing Flaw Exposes Passenger Flight, Personal Data

    August 13, 2019

    A vulnerability in British Airways’ e-ticketing system could enable a bad actor to view passengers’ personal data or change their booking information. A security bug discovered in British Airways’ e-ticketing system has the potential to expose passengers’ data, including their flight booking details and personal information. Researchers on Tuesday said that check-in links being sent by British ...

  • UK government offers £2m fund for autonomous car security

    August 13, 2019

    he UK government has launched a £2 million feasibility fund to encourage businesses to develop methods for testing the cyber security resilience of autonomous cars and their supporting infrastructure. The ultimate goal is to be able to use the research to define a universal testing facility used to determine whether autonomous cars have enough hacking resilience to ...

  • National Grid had three ‘near-misses’ in the run-up to blackout that caused rush-hour chaos in Britain

    August 13, 2019

    Britain had three blackout ‘near-misses’ in the three months before last Friday’s power cut that caused chaos during rush hour. National Grid is being investigated by the energy watchdog but the power system operator has faced criticism from the industry for failing to do enough to prevent blackouts. The operator blamed last week’s ‘incredibly rare’ outage, which ...

  • Russia says small nuclear reactor blew up in deadly accident

    August 12, 2019

    The failed missile test that ended in an explosion killing five scientists last week on Russia’s White Sea involved a small nuclear reactor, according to a top official at the institute where they worked. The institute is working on small-scale power sources that use “radioactive materials, including fissile and radioisotope materials” for the Defense Ministry and ...

  • Man jailed for cyber attacks against police websites in revenge for bomb hoax conviction

    August 12, 2019

    A 20-year-old man has been jailed for 16 months after launching cyber attacks against police websites. Liam Reece Watts used specialist software to overload the Greater Manchester Police and Cheshire Police websites in separate attacks which temporarily brought down the sites. He said the attack on Cheshire Police was in retaliation for a previous conviction over a ...

  • Philippines: Westmincom on guard against suicide bombings

    August 12, 2019

    The Islamic State-inspired Abu Sayyaf group and foreign militants that are with them are planning more suicide bombings after their June 28 attack in Sulu, the chief of the military’s Western Mindanao Command said Monday. “So we have monitored that they will continue to do it,” Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana told a local TV station here. Sobejana assured ...

  • Explosion outside police station in Copenhagen – days after similar blast

    August 10, 2019

    An explosion has taken place outside a police station in Copenhagen – days after a blast at another public building in the Danish capital. The explosion, at about 3.20am, caused damage to the ground floor of the police station in Norrebro, which is just outside the city centre, but did not injure anyone. On Tuesday, police said ...

  • Bomb damages Colombia’s Cano Limon crude pipeline

    August 10, 2019

    A bomb has damaged a section of Colombia’s Cano Limon pipeline, state-run oil company Ecopetrol said on Saturday, the twenty-sixth attack on the pipeline this year. The attack, which took in Las Bancas in eastern Arauquita municipality, did not contaminate any water sources, the company said in a statement. It did cause a small spill which ...

  • UK joins US for maritime security mission in Gulf

    August 7, 2019

    BRITAIN on Monday joined the United States in a maritime security mission in the Gulf to protect merchant vessels travelling through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged vessel. British officials stressed that there was no change to London’s policy on Iran but joining the United States is the most significant non-Brexit foreign policy ...

  • British Airways IT Failure Results In Travel Chaos

    August 7, 2019

    Airline passengers are facing major delays and cancellations after British Airways suffered an IT failure. It is reported that 100 flights have already been cancelled and more than 200 flights are delayed, due to the failure during the peak summer holiday period. This is not the first time this has happened. In 2017, it was thought that human ...

  • A cyber-espionage group has been stealing files from the Venezuelan military

    August 5, 2019

    A cyber-espionage group known as “Machete” has been observed stealing sensitive files from the Venezuelan military, according to an ESET report published today. The group, known to have been active since 2010, has historically gone after a wide range of targets from all over the world. However, ESET said that starting with this year, Machete has ...

  • Cyberattacks against industrial targets have doubled over the last 6 months

    August 5, 2019

    Cyberattacks designed to cause damage have doubled in the past six months and 50 percent of organizations affected are in the manufacturing sector, researchers say. On Monday, IBM’s X-Force IRIS incident response team published new research based on recent cyberattacks they have been called in to assist with, and the main trend the group is witnessing is the ...

  • The Middle East Military Technology Conference (MEMTEC) Examines the Importance of Tech Solutions for Defence

    August 5, 2019

    PRESS RELEASE The Middle East Military Technology Conference (MEMTEC) will be held alongside the upcoming Bahrain International Defence Exhibition & Conference (BIDEC), it was announced last month, during the period from 28-30 October 2019. Held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Conference will contextualise the exhibition within the regional ...

  • African nations, Western partners strive to combat IED threat

    August 5, 2019

    A US-trained Kenyan bomb disposal technician stood in a field showing colleagues from more than 20 countries how to collect evidence after the detonation of a roadside explosive. Security experts who met in the Kenyan capital Nairobi last week say African nations must do more of such intelligence-sharing to counter weapons widely considered the greatest threat ...