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  • Spies brought in to tackle far-right terror threat in UK, home secretary says

    April 9, 2019

    Intelligence agencies are being brought in to help tackle the rising far-right terror threat in Britain, the home secretary has announced after a series of attempted attacks. At least four far-right terror plots have been foiled since March 2017, with one man admitting planning to bomb a mosque earlier this week and another accused of stabbing a man in an anti-Muslim rampage inspired ...

  • UK MOD launches £2m fund to counter drones threat

    April 9, 2019

    The MOD has launched a £2m competition for proposals to tackle the future threats of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The competition, run by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), the MOD’s innovation hub, will seek robust and cost-effective next-generation solutions to the risks posed by hostile UAS. The MOD is looking to develop new defensive capabilities which draw ...

  • Philippines: QCPD, other agencies hold simulated bomb explosion, disposal

    April 9, 2019

    The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and other local government agencies conducted a simulated bomb disposal operation at a food park in Cubao, Quezon City, to test the response time of their personnel. During the simulation on Tuesday morning, the QCPD, the local Bureau of Fire Protection, the local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, and health ...

  • 4 Stuxnet-Related APTs Form Gossip Girl, an ‘Apex Threat Actor’

    April 9, 2019

    The infamous Stuxnet family of industrial sabotage malware is likely the work of a mysterious “supra-group” that Chronicle researchers Juan Andres Guerrero Saad and Silas Cutler have dubbed Gossip Girl; and it’s a group that turns out to be larger and far busier than previously known. In a session at the Security Analyst Summit 2019 in Singapore this ...

  • Digital Doppelgangers

    April 9, 2019

    Carding exists for over 20 years. And it is not dead yet. It is alive, and even more – it is being actively developed by cybercriminals. The “good” old method of entering stolen credit card information into online store forms to buy goods and services or using online payment system accounts for the same purpose ...

  • Study Highlights ‘Relentless’ Attacks On Critical Infrastructure

    April 9, 2019

    Cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure are “relentless and continuous”, with successful attacks often taking systems offline, a new study has found. The study by the Ponemon Institute, based on a survey of 701 security professionals in seven countries, including the UK, found that 90 percent of respondents said their systems had been affected by at least one successful attack ...

  • UK Government Publishes Social Media Regulation Plans

    April 8, 2019

    White paper calls for an independent regulator that would write a code of conduct covering illegal or dangerous content – and would have the power to impose huge fines The government has published plans for an independent regulator that would be capable of imposing huge fines on internet firms that propagate dangerous or illegal content. The Online Harms White Paper, ...

  • New Zealand: Man charged with unlawful possession of AK47 and homemade bomb

    April 8, 2019

    A 36-year-old Whangārei man has been charged with firearms offences including unlawful possession of an AK47 and having a homemade bomb. The items were uncovered in a two-day police search of an Otaika Rd house. Daniel Paul Van Houten, 36, appeared in the Whangārei District Court on Monday charged with unlawful possession of a .223 AK47, unlawful ...

  • Battle for Tripoli escalates as fighting nears Libyan capital

    April 7, 2019

    The battle for Tripoli escalated on Sunday as a military assault on the city by the eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar led to 21 deaths and nearly 90 injuries, and international calls for calm were ignored. As the fighting neared the capital, the UN issued a plea for a temporary ceasefire to allow the wounded ...

  • Funding boost for aviation security innovation

    April 5, 2019

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is making more funding available for innovations that enhance aviation security measures, courtesy of the Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme. FASS – a joint initiative between the Department for Transport (DfT) and Home Office which was set up to improve aviation security by funding and supporting the development of innovative ...

  • A polymer added to fuel could have saved the twin towers, researchers say

    April 4, 2019

    Scientists at Caltech have developed a new type of polymer that prevents fuel from misting during an explosion. The breakthrough could decrease the amount of damage caused by industrial accidents and terrorist attacks. Had the new polymers been added to the fuel of American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, the Twin Towers might ...

  • TSA Improved Covert Testing but Needs to Conduct More Risk-Informed Tests and Address Vulnerabilities

    April 4, 2019

    To test security screening at U.S. airports, TSA regularly tries to sneak guns and simulated bombs through checkpoints or in checked baggage. TSA changed its testing practices to better identify and address screening vulnerabilities. We observed 26 covert tests and reviewed the test program and how results are used. We found that TSA’s ability to run ...

  • Brexit: Police warn MPs and campaigners not to inflame tensions

    April 4, 2019

    Politicians and campaigners should take care not to “inflame” tensions in the UK caused by Brexit, a senior police chief has warned. Chairman of the National Police Chief Council (NPCC), Martin Hewitt, said people should think carefully to avoid inciting others to violence. Police have 10,000 officers ready to deploy at 24 hours’ notice as part of ...

  • Government funds research into knife-detection technology

    April 1, 2019

    Six UK companies have been funded a share of more than £460,000 to fast-track innovative technologies that aim to detect people carrying knives in crowded places such as streets, railway stations and major events. Distinguishing concealed blades from other items such as keys and coins is challenging for the police, particularly among large crowds. Now, with funding ...

  • SITA: We need complete confidence in data security for aviation

    April 1, 2019

    Information security and air transport are inextricably linked. That is not only because of the mission-critical nature of much of the industry’s data but also because of air transport’s growing dependency on data, sharing and new digital ways of working. It’s why ISO27K is a critical standard for a global IT provider to achieve. With aviation customers in ...

  • Critical Rockwell Automation Bug in Drive Component Puts IIoT Plants at Risk

    March 29, 2019

    A critical Rockwell Automation flaw could be exploited to manipulate an industrial drive’s physical process and or even stop it. A critical denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerability has been found in a Rockwell Automation industrial drive, which is a logic-controlled mechanical component used in industrial systems to manage industrial motors. The vulnerability was identified in Rockwell Automation’s PowerFlex 525 ...

  • Landmark terror finance resolution adopted by Security Council

    March 28, 2019

    Speaking via video-link from Rome, where he has been meeting specialist Italian law enforcement officials to discuss building closer ties to tackle the problem; The UN’s counter-terrorism chief, Vladimir Voronkov, said that the adoption comes at a “critical time,” with recent attacks demonstrating that terror groups continue to have access to both legal and illegal ...

  • UK: Grenfell: toxic contamination found in nearby homes and soil

    March 28, 2019

    Cancer-causing chemicals and other potentially harmful toxins have been found close to Grenfell Tower in fire debris and soil samples that could pose serious health risks to the surrounding community and survivors of the blaze, a study warns. The research has uncovered “significant environmental contamination” from a range of toxins, including in oily deposits collected 17 ...

  • Special forces seize tanker hijacked by migrants in the Mediterranean Sea

    March 28, 2019

    Special forces have seized a tanker after it was hijacked by migrants who had been rescued in the Mediterranean Sea. Authorities in Italy and Malta said the migrants had taken control of the Libya-bound ship on Wednesday and forced the crew to sail towards Europe. It came after the Turkish oil tanker had rescued about 120 people, ...

  • Elfin: Relentless Espionage Group Targets Multiple Organizations in Saudi Arabia and U.S.

    March 27, 2019

    Although heavily focused on the Middle East, Elfin (aka APT33) has also targeted a range of organizations in the U.S. including a number of major corporations. The Elfin espionage group (aka APT33) has remained highly active over the past three years, attacking at least 50 organizations in Saudi Arabia, the United States, and a range of ...