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  • 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 ...

  • Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill given Royal Assent

    February 12, 2019

    New laws which gives the give the UK greater powers to crackdown on hostile state activity, have today received Royal Assent. The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 also ensures sentencing for certain terrorism offences can properly reflect the severity of the crimes, as well as preventing re-offending and disrupting terrorist activity more rapidly. In addition, the act updates ...

  • Siemens Warns of Critical Remote-Code Execution ICS Flaw

    February 12, 2019

    Siemens has released 16 security advisories for various industrial control and utility products, including a warning for a critical flaw in the WibuKey digital rights management (DRM) solution that affects the SICAM 230 process control system. SICAM 230 is used for a broad range of industrial control system (ICS) applications, including use as an integrated energy system for ...

  • Cisco’s warning: Patch this default Network Assurance Engine password bug

    February 12, 2019

    Cisco is urging customers to install an update that fixes a high-severity issue affecting its Network Assurance Engine (NAE) for managing data-center networks. The bug, tracked as CVE-2019-1688, could allow an attacker to use a flaw in the password-management system of NAE to knock out an NAE server and cause a denial of service. NAE is an ...

  • Philippine National Police receives anti-bomb gear from Japan

    February 12, 2019

    After back-to-back bombings in key areas in Mindanao, the Philippine National Police (PNP) received anti-bomb equipment from the government of Japan. The Japanese government on Tuesday, February 12, handed over 6 bomb suits, 6 ballistic shields, 440 bulletproof vests, and 440 ballistic helmets to the PNP during a ceremony at Camp Crame. The turnover was led by ...

  • Swiss government invites hackers to attack its e-voting platform

    February 11, 2019

    The Swiss government has welcomed hackers from across the world to launch attacks against an e-voting platform to boost the system’s security ahead of future elections. The public intrusion test (PIT), scheduled for between 25 February and 24 March, will see white hat hackers attempt to penetrate and undermine the integrity of the Swiss Post’s system ...

  • Syria conflict: £62m UK boost to Lebanon to stop terrorists reaching Europe

    February 10, 2019

    A new defensive line of 76 watchtowers and patrol bases has been completed along Lebanon’s border with Syria, which the UK’s ambassador to the country says is vital to prevent terrorists from reaching Europe. The improved border security was funded by the British government and will also help stabilise Lebanon from the conflict next door. Britain’s support ...

  • UK Foreign Investments To Block Chinese Firm Huawei From Sensitive UK Tech Projects

    February 9, 2019

    New laws on foreign investment in the UK will block Chinese firm Huawei from sensitive UK tech projects, The Sun newspaper reported on Friday. Many are concerned that allowing Huawei an inside track on the rollout of the 5G mobile network in the UK would let China spy on private lives and hack UK companies, The Sun said. Foreign ...

  • North Las Vegas compound is vital to national security

    February 9, 2019

    The Cold War-era compound of warehouses hums along quietly in the background of North Las Vegas. Inside the nondescript buildings of the Nevada National Security Site location that dot a sprawling parking lot are the people who help ensure the safety, security and deterrent nature of the country’s nuclear weapons stockpile. “All three are really important to ...

  • Banks Under Attack: Tactics and Techniques Used to Target Financial Organizations

    February 8, 2019

    US$100 – 300 billion: That’s the estimated losses that financial institutions can potentially incur annually from cyberattacks. Despite the staggering amount, it’s unsurprising — over the past three years, several banks suffered $87 million in combined losses from attacks that compromised their SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication)infrastructures. That’s just the tip of the iceberg: A ...

  • Phishers Target Anti-Money Laundering Officers at U.S. Credit Unions

    February 8, 2019

    A highly targeted, malware-laced phishing campaign landed in the inboxes of multiple credit unions last week. The missives are raising eyebrows because they were sent only to specific anti-money laundering contacts at credit unions, and many credit union sources say they suspect the non-public data may have been somehow obtained from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), ...