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  • Iraqi scientist says he helped ISIS make chemical weapons

    January 21, 2019

    In the weeks after his city fell to the Islamic State, Iraqi scientist Suleiman al-Afari sat in his deserted government office and waited for the day when the terrorists would show up. The black-clad militants who had seized Mosul in 2014 were making their way through each of its bureaucracies, rounding up workers and managers who ...

  • Several killed after 2 ships catch fire in Kerch Strait, one ‘rocked by blast’

    January 21, 2019

    Two ships have caught fire while moving through the Kerch Strait separating Crimea from mainland Russia, after one of them was apparently rocked by an explosion. At least 11 sailors have died, Russian Maritime Agency said. One vessel was “allegedly struck by a blast,” which caused the fire that then spilled over to another ship, an official with ...

  • Derry car bomb ‘most significant Northern Ireland attack for years’ says PSNI chief

    January 21, 2019

    The car bomb attack in Londonderry on Saturday evening was the most significant terrorist attack in Northern Ireland for years, a senior PSNI officer has said. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton was speaking on BBC Radio Four’s Today programme on Monday morning. He said it was the first attack of this nature in a long time. “The use ...

  • Death toll climbs to at least 85 in Mexico fuel pipeline explosion

    January 20, 2019

    People in the town where a gasoline explosion killed at least 85 people say the section of pipeline that gushed fuel has been a habitual gathering site for thieves, repeatedly damaged and patched like a trusty pair of jeans. “It was the popular tap,” said Enrique Cerron, 22, who lives near the field. “You could pass ...

  • Man charged over Heathrow drone incident

    January 20, 2019

    A man has been charged with flying a drone near Heathrow Airport on Christmas Eve. George Rusu, 38, allegedly used a drone on a field near one of the two runways at Britain’s busiest airport on 24 December. The alleged incident happened just three days after Gatwick fully reopened following three days of flight cancellations and delays, ...

  • Cumbria health trust hit by 147 cyber attacks in five years

    January 19, 2019

    The NHS in Cumbria has been hit by more than 150 cyber attacks in five years, the BBC can reveal. Of these, 147 were directed at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust (UHMBT), which runs hospitals in Barrow, Kendal, Morecambe and Lancaster. The trust said it had spent £29,600 in 2017 dealing with the effects of ...

  • Anti-vaxxers are among the top ‘threats to global health’ in 2019, WHO declares

    January 18, 2019

    Anti-vaxxers have been named one of the top threats to global health in 2019 by the World Health Organization (WHO). The anti-vaccine movement joined air pollution and climate change, HIV, and a worldwide influenza pandemic on the list released on Monday. ‘Vaccine hesitancy’, as the WHO calls it, ‘threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases.’ The ...

  • South Korea’s weapon servers compromised by unknown hackers

    January 17, 2019

    South Korea’s Ministry of Defence has announced that 10 of its critical systems holding information on the military’s weapon systems had been compromised by unknown hackers. The incident occurred in October where attackers attempted to gain access to 30 of South Korea’s important systems but were only successful in 10 instances. The incident was first reported by Dong-A ...

  • FBI arrest Isil supporter who planned to attack White House with anti-tank rocket

    January 17, 2019

    An American supporter of the Islamic State has been arrested after he plotted to blow a hole in the White House with an anti-tank rocket and storm the building. Hasher Jallal Taheb, 21, from the town of Cumming, Georgia, was arrested by the FBI on Wednesday, on the eve of his planned attack. He had been watched since March, ...

  • Car bomber kills 10 in Colombia police academy attack

    January 17, 2019

    A car bomb exploded at a police academy in Colombia’s capital Bogota on Thursday, killing at least 10 people and wounding over 50 in an attack that prompted fears of a return to the country’s violent past. Authorities said the car broke through checkpoints into the grounds of the General Santander School and exploded, shattering windows ...

  • Data breaches, cyberattacks are top global risks alongside natural disasters and climate change

    January 16, 2019

    Cyberattacks and their potential to cripple critical infrastructure remain one of the biggest risks facing the world today, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has warned. Both large-scale cyberattacks and mass incidents of data theft feature in the top five most likely risks in the WEF’s Global Risks Report 2019. The WEF is an international group that aims ...

  • GE sees digital ghost deployments in 2019

    January 15, 2019

    GE said it plans to make its digital ghost technology commercial available in late 2019 and expand it into oil and gas and renewable energy industries. Launched in 2017 out of GE’s research unit, digital ghost is a security spin on digital twin technology. Where the digital twin replicates physical equipment virtually for predictive maintenance and other ...

  • 14 reported dead after Kenya hotel attack claimed by Somali Islamists

    January 15, 2019

    Gunmen blasted their way into a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 14 people and sending workers diving under desks from an attack claimed by Somali Islamist group al Shabaab. Eight hours after the assault began at Nairobi’s upscale 14 Riverside Drive complex, a burst of gunfire was heard in ...

  • Yes, you can remotely hack factory, building site cranes. Wait, what?

    January 15, 2019

    Did you know that the manufacturing and construction industries use radio-frequency remote controllers to operate cranes, drilling rigs, and other heavy machinery? Doesn’t matter: they’re alarmingly vulnerable to being hacked, according to Trend Micro. Available attack vectors for mischief-makers include the ability to inject commands, malicious re-pairing and even the ability to create one’s own custom ...

  • 4 dead, 44 wounded in Kabul VBIED explosion

    January 14, 2019

    At least four people lost their lives and forty four others sustained injuries in an explosion triggered by a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) in Kabul city earlier this evening. Officials in Kabul police commandment confirmed the casualties toll and said at least ten children were among those wounded. The Ministry of Interior spokeman Najjib Danish had ...