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  • When Cyberattacks Pack a Physical Punch

    February 18, 2019

    Physical security goes hand in hand with cyberdefense. What happens when – as we see all too often – the physical side is overlooked? More than one in 10 data breaches now involve “physical actions,” according to a recent report. These include leveraging physical  devices to aid an attack, but also hacks that involve breaking into hardware ...

  • Australia accuses foreign government of cyber attack on lawmakers

    February 18, 2019

    A cyber attack on Australian lawmakers that breached the networks of major political parties was probably carried out by a foreign government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, but did not name any suspects. As Australia heads for an election due by May, lawmakers were told this month told to urgently change their passwords after ...

  • Huawei risk can be managed, say UK cyber-security chiefs

    February 18, 2019

    Any risk posed by involving the Chinese technology giant Huawei in UK telecoms projects can be managed, cyber-security chiefs have determined. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre’s decision undermines US efforts to persuade its allies to ban the firm from 5G communications networks. The Chinese government is accused of using Huawei as a proxy so it can ...

  • ‘Zombie’ deer disease could spread to humans, experts warn

    February 18, 2019

    People who eat deer meat could be at risk of contracting a deadly infectious disease that is spreading across the animals’ US populations, experts have warned. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) –dubbed “zombie” deer disease – has infected deer, elk and moose across 24 American states and two Canadian provinces. The disease attacks tissues including the brain and spinal cord, causing dramatic weight loss, ...

  • Drones: Safety or Security?

    February 18, 2019

    Since drones first came on the market, we have seen a number of stories about the very real potential for in-flight contact with commercial aircraft, and several temporary airport shutdowns because of reported close-calls.  FAA has just posted two new rulemaking notices regarding drones, with comments due April 15, 2019.  But from a security perspective, ...

  • Australia has a challenge of scaling defence capabilities for large cyber attacks

    February 18, 2019

    Australian Defence Force (ADF) Head of Information Warfare Major General Marcus Thompson is concerned that while the nation has “good” defence capabilities, those capabilities might not be able to scale if Australia was faced with a large-scale attack in a cyber realm. Speaking at the Cyber Storm international conference at the University of New South Wales ...

  • 2.7 Million Health-Related Calls, Sensitive Info Exposed for Six Years

    February 18, 2019

    A server used to store real-time recordings of phone calls made to the 1177 Swedish Healthcare Guide service for health care information was found completely exposed to the Internet, with no user or password to protect it. As IDG’s Lars Dobos says, the millions of call recordings were left on an open web server that could be accessed with no ...

  • Germany sees big rise in security problems affecting infrastructure

    February 17, 2019

    Germany has experienced a big increase in the number of security incidents hitting critical infrastructure such as power grids and water suppliers, the BSI cybersecurity agency said on Sunday, adding however that they were not all due to hacking. The Welt am Sonntag weekly had reported on Sunday that Germany had learned of 157 hacker attacks ...

  • China surveillance firm tracking millions in Xinjiang: researcher

    February 17, 2019

    A Chinese surveillance firm is tracking the movements of more than 2.5 million people in the far-western Xinjiang region, according to a data leak flagged by a Dutch internet expert. An online database containing names, ID card numbers, birth dates and location data was left unprotected for months by Shenzhen-based facial-recognition technology company SenseNets Technology Ltd, ...

  • Flights resume at Dubai airport after ‘drone activity’

    February 15, 2019

    Flights in and out of Dubai airport were put on hold for half an hour this morning following reports of drones flying in the area. The suspension at the world’s third busiest airport lasted between 10.13am local time (6.13am GMT) and 10.45am, a spokesman said. Traveller Andrew Todd posted on Twitter that thousands of people were “sitting ...

  • Report: Industrial control systems face uphill security battles in 2019

    February 15, 2019

    Dragos, a security firm that specializes in industrial control systems (ICS) has released three year-in-review reports that cover vulnerabilities reported in 2018, the 2018 threat landscape, and lessons it learned in responding to ICS security incidents. IT security professionals operating in an ICS environment should take a look at all three reports: Not only do they paint ...

  • At least 38 killed in deadliest attack on security forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir in 3 decades

    February 14, 2019

    At least 38 paramilitary police officers were killed by a massive car bomb in Indian-controlled Kashmir in the worst attack on security personnel since the start of the insurgency in the disputed region three decades ago. The attack occurred Thursday afternoon about 3:15 p.m., police officials said, as a security convoy of 70 vehicles traveled down ...

  • Ex-US Air Force intelligence officer charged with spying for Iran

    February 14, 2019

    U.S. authorities on Wednesday charged former Air Force intelligence officer Monica Witt with helping Iran launch a cyber-spying operation that targeted her former colleagues after she defected from the United States. The U.S. Justice Department said Witt, 39, assembled dossiers on eight U.S. military intelligence agents she had worked with for Iranian hackers, who then used Facebook and ...

  • FBI arrests second Apophis Squad hacker in the US

    February 13, 2019

    The FBI arrested yesterday a hacker part of a hacking team known as Apophis Squad. This is the second arrest of an Apophis Squad member after UK cops arrested a teenager in August 2018. The two, US and UK citizens, respectively, have been charged in an indictment unsealed by the US Department of Justice yesterday. They stand ...

  • Bombs damage Colombia’s Mansoya and Cano Limon pipelines

    February 13, 2019

    Colombian state-run oil company Ecopetrol reported two bomb attacks on its pipelines on Tuesday – the first caused a fire on the Mansoya Orito pipeline, while the second damaged the Cano Limon pipeline, spilling crude into a nearby ravine. The Mansoya Orito, in southern Putumayo, close to the border with Ecuador, was hit overnight. It was ...