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  • FEMA Exposes PII for Millions of Hurricane, Wildfire Survivors

    March 25, 2019

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency exposed the personal identifiable information of 2.3 million survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the California wildfires in 2017, by oversharing survivor data with a contractor when it wasn’t necessary. Worse, the contractor’s networks has unpatched vulnerabilities that would allow an adversary access to that information. Through the TSA program, ...

  • ICAO Secretary General highlights future capacity challenges for European and North Atlantic air transport

    March 25, 2019

    ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu discussed a range of pressing air transport priorities earlier this week with the assembled Directors General of Civil Aviation for the 56 ICAO European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) Member States. Convening for the 2019 EUR/NAT DGCA Meeting in ICAO’s Paris Regional Office, Dr. Liu welcomed the newly appointed ICAO EUR/NAT Regional Director, Ms. Silvia Gehrer, ...

  • Safety experts concerned by repeated security lapses at Dhaka airport

    March 24, 2019

    Recent security lapses at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka have raised eyebrows among safety experts, as multiple passengers have managed to sneak firearms past terminal gates. Lax security at the airport not only poses threats for passengers, but also negatively affects Bangladesh’s image in the international arena, the experts added. The issue of airport security entered ...

  • Analysis: Drone Tech Creates New Type of Blended Threat

    March 22, 2019

    Hacked drones are breaching physical and cyberdefenses to cause disruption and steal data, experts warn. In the run-up to Christmas 2018, rogue drones grounded planes at London Gatwick, the UK’s second-busiest airport. Four months later, the operators have not been found. Drones are a growing threat for law enforcement and business security officers, not just in the ...

  • ‘Improvised explosive device’ in Irish postal sorting office handed over to gardai

    March 22, 2019

    The Army’s Bomb Squad have made safe the viable improvised explosive device recovered from a Limerick An Post office this morning. The device has now been handed over to gardai who are continuing to liaise with their colleagues in the UK as part of the investigation. In a statement the Defence Forces said: “This morning, following a ...

  • Dstl Seeks SMEs for Additional £40M Research and Partnership Opportunities

    March 21, 2019

    Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the science and technology sectors could benefit from an additional £40 million to £45 million of external investment opportunities from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). The organisation is seeking supply chain partners for a series of research projects across the defence spectrum due to start this year. Representatives ...

  • LockerGoga Ransomware Disrupts Operations at Norwegian Aluminum Company

    March 20, 2019

    Norwegian aluminum company Norsk Hydro was hit by a ransomware attack on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. According to the Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM), the attackers used LockerGoga, a relatively new strain of ransomware first discovered in January. According to Reuters, the attack was severe enough to disrupt parts of production at Norsk Hydro. On Tuesday morning, employees were ...

  • 3 Ways Threat Intelligence Strengthens the American Intelligence Community

    March 20, 2019

    “The strategic environment is changing rapidly, and the United States faces an increasingly complex and uncertain world in which threats are becoming ever more diverse and interconnected,” the report notes. “We face significant changes in the domestic and global environment; we must be ready to meet 21st century challenges and to recognize emerging threats and opportunities.” Cyber threats ...

  • The Persistent Threat of Aviation Hijacking

    March 20, 2019

    As the focus of global security shifts, the tactics, techniques, and procedures of the past have never truly gone away. On February 24, on a flight from Dhaka to Dubai, a Bangladeshi national named Mohammad Palash Ahmed brandished a toy gun and managed to hijack a passenger plane carrying 156 people. His demands were not for the freedom ...

  • Fraud, Cyber Attacks, and Phishing Follow Christchurch Attack

    March 19, 2019

    Opportunistic actors are seeking to turn a quick profit from the tragic events last week in Christchurch, New Zealand, by engaging in online scams or by spreading malware embedded in content related to the gruesome attack. Almost 50 people lost their lives in the Christchurch shooting, prompting nation-wide support for those affected. More than NZ$8 million ...

  • Utrecht tram shooting suspect arrested after three killed

    March 18, 2019

    Police have arrested a man suspected of shooting three people dead and injuring five more on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, apparently in a family dispute. Turkish-born Gökmen Tanis, 37, was detained on a street in the north of the city several hours after the shooting, which happened at 10.45am local time (0945 ...

  • Four Killed in Balochistan in Second Train Attack in Two Weeks

    March 18, 2019

    Four people were killed and 10 injured in Pakistan on Sunday when a bomb went off on a train track in the resource-rich province of Balochistan, where separatist rebels have been fighting the security forces for years. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but ethnic Baluch separatists, fighting what they call the unfair exploitation of their province’s ...

  • UK cyber-security efforts criticised by audit office

    March 15, 2019

    The government has been told there are “failings” in the way it is planning to protect the UK’s critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks. The warning came in a National Audit Office (NAO) assessment of the UK’s national cyber-defence plan. The government is increasingly worried that these essential sectors will be targeted by foreign states seeking to disrupt UK ...

  • Insecure Database Exposes 800,000 Singapore Blood Donors

    March 15, 2019

    The personal information of 808,201 blood donors who registered to donate since 1986 in Singapore was exposed after the database which contained it was left unprotected on an Internet-facing server for more than two months. According to The Straits Times who first reported the data leak incident, Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA) received the initial report on March 13 from the security expert ...

  • Christchurch shootings: 49 dead in New Zealand mosque attacks

    March 15, 2019

    Forty-nine people have been killed and at least 20 wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described one alleged gunman, who had Australian citizenship, as an “extremist, right-wing” terrorist. A man in his late twenties was charged with murder and will appear in court on Saturday morning, police confirmed. Two ...