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  • ‘Almost all’ Pakistani banks hacked in security breach, says FIA cybercrime head

    November 6, 2018

    In a shocking revelation, the head of the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) cybercrime wing has said data from “almost all” Pakistani banks was stolen in a recent security breach. “According to a recent report we have received, data from almost all Pakistani banks has been reportedly hacked,” FIA Cybercrimes Director retired Capt Mohammad Shoaib told Geo News on Tuesday. When ...

  • Superbugs kill 33,000 in Europe each year, says study

    November 6, 2018

    A study by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) estimates that around 33,000 people in the EU die each year after becoming infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The analysis, published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, warned that the burden of these pathogens is similar to HIV, flu and tuberculosis combined. “Infections due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria are threatening ...

  • Oracle confirms China Telecom internet traffic ‘misdirections’

    November 6, 2018

    Oracle’s Internet Intelligence division has confirmed today the findings of an academic paper published two weeks ago that accused China of “hijacking the vital internet backbone of western countries.” The research paper was authored by researchers from the US Naval War College and Tel Aviv University and it made quite a few waves online after it was published. ...

  • Pipe bomb suspect to appear in court on Election Day, prosecutors say

    November 5, 2018

    The man accused of sending over a dozen explosive devices to Democratic targets is expected to be transferred to New York on Monday and appear in federal court there on Election Day, according to U.S. prosecutors. In a new court filing, federal prosecutors also linked Cesar Sayoc, the suspected pipe bomber, to the second mail bomb ...

  • Government warns UK telecoms industry over security risks to 5G supply chain

    November 5, 2018

    The government has written to the likes of O2, Vodafone and EE to say that phone networks should be careful over which companies they choose as suppliers when building their 5G networks. The entire supply chain may be disrupted by an ongoing review of the UK’s telecoms infrastructure, according to a letter penned by the Department for ...

  • SINGAPORE: LTA to test metal detectors, X-ray scanners at selected MRT stations from Nov 12

    November 5, 2018

    Some train commuters may soon have to walk through a metal detector and pass their belongings through an X-ray scanner before entering the fare gates, as part of a new trial on enhanced security screening at MRT stations here. The six-month trial, which will begin next Monday (Nov 12), will see such screening equipment deployed at ...

  • Attacks on firefighters soar by 25% in a year as government cuts bite, union warns

    November 3, 2018

    Attacks on firefighters have soared by a quarter in the last year after the “demolition” of projects aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour, a union has warned. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) said there were 933 incidents involving an attack on firefighters in England in 2017-18, up by 194 on the previous 12 months. Matt Wrack, general secretary ...

  • Hackers obtain nuclear power plant plans in France

    November 2, 2018

    Thousands of sensitive documents pertaining to nuclear power plants, prisons and tram networks have been stolen from the servers of a French company in a cyberattack, German and French media have reported Friday. The data illegally accessed from the French company Ingerop back in June amounted to more than 65 gigabytes, according to reports by German ...

  • Belfast International Airport appoints new company to run security services

    November 2, 2018

    A new company has taken over security services at Belfast International Airport. The move comes in the wake of numerous complaints from disgruntled passengers about lengthy queues at the airport’s security checks, with some claiming waits of as long as an hour had caused them to miss flights. Great Britain-based security and logistics specialist Wilson James ...

  • Mattis establishes DOD task force to protect critical tech, information

    November 1, 2018

    Secretary of Defense James Mattis has established a task force whose sole purpose is to better secure the Department of Defense’s important technology and information. Mattis issued a memo dated Oct. 24 creating the Protecting Critical Technology Task Force (PCTTF) to report to the deputy secretary of Defense and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Working with our partners ...

  • IATA Urges EU, UK to Take Immediate Precautionary Actions Ahead of Brexit

    November 1, 2018

    In efforts to minimize any potential Brexit backlash, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on the UK and the EU to take immediate actions to ensure the uninterrupted continuation of air connectivity, safety and security, and efficient border management before the UK exits the EU on March 29. “These are the most critical areas because there are no fallback agreements ...

  • Researchers find Stuxnet, Mirai, WannaCry lurking in industrial USB drives

    November 1, 2018

    Removal storage and USB thumb drives are a serious security incident waiting to happen, new research suggests. When we consider threats to our industrial systems, specifically crafted malware, such as the Industroyer strain which cut off the power to the city of Kiev in Ukraine for an hour, often comes to mind. Industrial players have a problem. Many of ...

  • Australian defence contractor Austal hit by data breach

    November 1, 2018

    Australian prime defence contractor and shipbuilder Austal informed  the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) of a data breach after the market closed on Thursday evening. The company said it alerted “stakeholders” who were potentially hit by the breach, but said no information affecting national security or the company’s operations was stolen, although a number of staff emails and ...

  • Cisco zero-day exploited in the wild to crash and reload devices

    November 1, 2018

    The Cisco security team has revealed earlier the existence of a zero-day vulnerability affecting products that run Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) and Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) software. The vulnerability has been exploited in the wild, according to a security advisory the company published a few hours ago. No patches are available at the time of writing. Cisco says it ...