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  • Agents discover record amount of fentanyl in drug bust on US border

    February 1, 2019

    Officials in the US have seized 114kg (254lbs) of fentanyl, in what is being described as the biggest haul they have ever detected. The synthetic drug has been fuelling a national epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses, and the stash was discovered in a secret compartment underneath a load of Mexican produce headed for Arizona. A scan of ...

  • DHS Security Tech Innovation Program Means Big Money for SMBs

    February 1, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is operating a yearly program through which it accepts proposals from U.S. small businesses who want to provide their expertise to help the government’s security technology research and development efforts. If the “government” part didn’t already hint at it, businesses who get accepted in the program and get granted one ...

  • Metro Bank targeted with 2FA-bypassing SS7 attacks

    February 1, 2019

    Metro Bank has reportedly fallen victim to a sophisticated two-factor authentication (2FA) bypass attack after hackers infiltrated a telecoms firm’s text messaging protocol. The Signalling Systems No. 7 (SS7) protocol is used by telecom firms to coordinate how texts and calls are routed around the world. But according to Motherboard, hackers are more actively exploiting SS7, and ...

  • Brisbane Airport security trial keeps laptops, liquids in your bag

    January 31, 2019

    One of the biggest hassles of international travel has to be the airport security checkpoint, where passengers have to fish laptops, tablets with keyboards, powders, liquids, aerosols and gels out of their bag and present them separately for screening: but a new trial at Brisbane Airport aims to change that. Thanks to a new computed tomography ...

  • West Yorkshire Police are recruiting dogs to join their team and help catch criminals

    January 31, 2019

    Officers are on the tail and sniffing out their latest most wanted – but this time it’s not a criminal they’re after. West Yorkshire Police are on the lookout for some four-legged recruits, and are turning to dog owners among the public in an appeal. The Force announced they were looking for six dogs to join the team ...

  • Qatar and UK sign MoU on civil aviation security

    January 31, 2019

    The State of Qatar and the United Kingdom signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) related to providing explosives control equipment by the British side to enhance civil aviation security in Qatar. The MoU was signed by President of the Civil Aviation Authority Abdullah bin Nasser Turki Al Subaey and Deputy Director for Aviation Security International Operations ...

  • Airbus data breach impacts employees in Europe

    January 30, 2019

    European aerospace corporation Airbus disclosed today a security breach that impacted its commercial aircraft manufacturing business. The company said the security breach “resulted in unauthorised access to data.” According to a press release published earlier today, Airbus said that “some personal data was accessed,” but “mostly professional contact and IT identification details of some Airbus employees in Europe.” Read more… Source: ...

  • Theoretical Ransomware Attack Could Lead to Global Damages Says Report

    January 29, 2019

    According to a speculative cyber risk scenario prepared by Cambridge University for risk management purposes, a ransomware strain that would manage to impact more than 600,000 businesses worldwide within 24 hours would potentially lead to damages of billions not covered by insurers. First of all, it is important to understand that although the numbers look very scary, this type of ...

  • £1m injection into pioneering new space technology

    January 28, 2019

    The ‘wrapped rib’ antenna is lighter, less complex and more cost-competitive than those currently available commercially. The antenna will be exclusively developed in the UK by Oxford Space Systems (OSS). It will make the UK the first European country with the capability of a flight-proven parabolic deployable antenna. The lighter weight of the ‘wrapped-rib’ antenna means ...

  • Security alert for vulnerabilities in Siemens PLCs

    January 28, 2019

    Siemens has issued a security alert about the company’s Simatic S7-1500 programmable logic controllers (PLCs) after security researchers at Positive Technologies reported “serious vulnerabilities” that exposed industrial processes to denial-of-service (DoS) attacks. The researchers warn that, left unpatched, the vulnerabilities can be exploited by cyber attackers to disrupt industrial control systems in the automotive, food and beverage industries, where they are ...

  • The European Commission has adopted new measures to improve aviation security in the European Union

    January 28, 2019

    On 23 January 2019, the European Commission adopted an Implementing Regulation amending Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1998 as regards clarification, harmonisation and simplification as well as strengthening of certain specific aviation security measures. The amendments concern measures in the areas of airport security, the revision of the rules on background check in order to enhance security culture and resilience, ...

  • Singapore: ‘Bomb’ goes off in simulated terror attack at Tampines West station

    January 27, 2019

    A bomb was detonated, rapid gunfire was exchanged and acrid smoke filled the air at Tampines West MRT station on Sunday (Jan 27). It was all part of a simulated terror attack at the Downtown Line station, involving two gunmen and a suicide bomber. Called Exercise Quicksand, it is a public transport contingency exercise conducted by the ...

  • 20 killed, dozens wounded in Philippines church bombings

    January 27, 2019

    Two bombs tore through a Roman Catholic cathedral in southern Philippines on Sunday, killing at least 20 people and leaving dozens wounded, authorities said. Two suspected improvised explosive devices detonated at intervals at the Jolo Catholic cathedral in the Mindanao region, according to the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. At least 81 people have been wounded, ...

  • Will the 35-day shutdown lead to privatizing government functions?

    January 27, 2019

    The US government is open again. For now. For many liberals, it will read as the spoils of Nancy Pelosi’s finest hour and proof of her superior bargaining acumen. For disappointed conservatives pundits, evidence that Trump is a proper “wimp” in his act of capitulation. Beyond the beltway politicking, for about 800,000 federal workers who were either furloughed or working without pay it means ...

  • Bangladesh: Crude bombs blasted at 6 places in Jashore

    January 27, 2019

    Crude bombs were exploded at six different places in Jashore town targeting the residence of a local lawmaker and establishments belonging to Awami League leaders creating panic early today. No casualties were reported immediately. However, the series of blasts triggered panic among the Awami League leaders and activists, our Benapole correspondent reports quoting police. Police collected the ...