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  • French army will employ sci-fi writers to predict cyber threats

    July 22, 2019

    The French military is to assemble a team of science fiction writers to imagine possible future cyber threats and inject innovation into cyber defence. This will be a small group, known as the “Red Team” which will be comprised of four or five science fiction writers and or futurists. The team will be hired to “propose ...

  • Massive 7.5TB breach reveals secret Russian IT projects

    July 22, 2019

    Hackers breached the server of a major contractor working on behalf of the Russian intelligence service before stealing 7.5TB of sensitive data and sharing this freely with other hackers and journalists. Attackers infiltrated the company network of SyTech on 13 July, according to BBC Russia, and began a process of copying data while deleting masses of it. ...

  • Pakistan: Nine people killed in complex attack involving female suicide bomber

    July 21, 2019

    At least nine people have been killed and 30 others were injured in Pakistan after a complex attack involving a suicide bomber, believed to be a woman wearing a burqa. The bomber struck outside a hospital as the wounded were being brought in from an earlier shooting targeting police. The assault in Dera Ismail Khan, early on ...

  • British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled

    July 20, 2019

    British Airways has cancelled all flights to the Egyptian capital Cairo for a week as a security “precaution”. Passengers about to board a BA flight to the city from London’s Heathrow Airport were told that it was cancelled – and that there would be no alternative flights for a week. The airline did not specify what the security issue ...

  • Hong Kong police find explosives on eve of latest protests

    July 20, 2019

    Police in Hong Kong are warning of possible violence on the eve of another mass protest against a controversial extradition bill after making “the largest seizure” of explosives in the territory. The seizure came on the day that thousands of pro-government supporters took part in a rally. Millions in the former British colony have thronged the streets since 9 ...

  • Kazakh government will intercept the nation’s HTTPS traffic

    July 19, 2019

    Internet service providers (ISPs) based in Kazakhstan are being instructed to force their users to install government-issued root certificates on their devices to allow agencies to intercept web traffic. The increasingly-widespread Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) refers to the transmission of data, ordinarily channelled via HTTP, sent instead over an encrypted connection. It’s said to raise the level ...

  • UK Public sector workers to receive biggest pay rise in six years

    July 19, 2019

    Public sector workers including teachers, soldiers and police officers will reportedly be given pay rises above inflation as part of new government plans. Theresa May is expected to make the announcement next week as one of her final acts as prime minister, according to The Times. The proposed pay rise, which will come at a cost of ...

  • Do Criminals Dream Of Electric Sheep? How Technology Shapes The Future Of Crime And Law Enforcement

    July 18, 2019

    The advent of so-called disruptive technologies – those that fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another – provides criminals with new ways to pursue their illegal goals, but also equips law enforcement with powerful tools in the fight against crime. To remain relevant and effective, it is necessary for law ...

  • Terror arrests in Burnley and Accrington: Two men held

    July 18, 2019

    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of terror offences after raids in two Lancashire towns. Police are searching properties in Burns Street and Gordon Street, Burnley, and Manor Street, Accrington. A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. Another man, 33, was arrested on ...

  • DRC Ebola epidemic is international emergency, says WHO

    July 17, 2019

    The Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization has declared, calling for more funds and support to close it down. The second biggest Ebola outbreak ever, after the 2014-16 epidemic in west Africa, has reached a critical point with the diagnosis of a case in Goma, a ...

  • São Paulo subway to deploy surveillance system with facial recognition

    July 17, 2019

    The Brazilian city of São Paulo will see facial recognition technology applied to the surveillance systems of its subway network. The company operating the majority of the city’s subway network, Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo (METRO), has launched a tender for a new set-up to replace its current legacy system and a non-integrated estate of ...

  • Turkish diplomat killed in restaurant shooting in Iraqi Kurdistan

    July 17, 2019

    At least two people, including a Turkish diplomat, were killed in a shooting Wednesday at a restaurant in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Erbil in a rare attack in the semi-autonomous region that could raise tensions and Turkish ire. The Asayish, the Kurdish security and intelligence organisation operating in Iraqi Kurdistan, confirmed the deaths of a Turkishdiplomat and a ...

  • Manchester Arena bomber’s brother Hashem Abedi extradited from Libya

    July 17, 2019

    The brother of the suicide bomber who blew himself up at the Manchester Arena in May 2017 killing 22 people has been extradited from Libya to Britain, it has been confirmed. Hashem Abedi, 22, was arrested in the North African country the day after his older brother Salman, detonated a device at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Last ...

  • JetBlue Bomb Scare Set Off with Apple AirDrop

    July 16, 2019

    The feature in Apple mobile devices that allows people to send photos to nearby phones via Bluetooth is at the heart of a terrorism scare on a JetBlue flight over the weekend. According to the New York Daily News, a prankster sent a photo of a suicide vest to everyone who had an Apple device on the ...

  • Russia ready to start shipping revolutionary Ebola vaccine to DR Congo

    July 16, 2019

    A groundbreaking vaccine developed at the Novosibirsk-based VECTOR State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology is likely to be shipped to the Democratic Republic of the Congo where an ongoing Ebola outbreak has already claimed 1,700 lives, VECTOR Director General Rinat Maksyutov told TASS, adding that talks were underway. “The issue [of the vaccine’s deliveries to ...

  • Why Cities Are a Low-Hanging Fruit For Ransomware

    July 15, 2019

    Ransomware attacks against local governments and cities are repeatedly making headlines, with crippling results on city operations and budgets. Last month, the Florida city of Riviera Beach paid hackers $600,000 after being hit by a ransomware attack that downed its computer systems for three weeks. In 2018, several Atlanta city systems were crippled after a ransomware attack extorted ...

  • Dirty bomb simulator prepares responders

    July 15, 2019

    If a radiological dispersal device (RDD), or “dirty bomb,” ever explodes in the United States, emergency crews may be better prepared because of a simulator developed by an Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) visualization technologist. Called the RDD Studio, the model was developed by the Lab’s Ryan Chen to provide a detailed simulation of what an ...

  • Airport email scam thwarted by UK’s cyber-defender NCSC

    July 15, 2019

    An attempt to defraud thousands of people using a bogus email from a UK airport was one of a range of cyber-attacks prevented last year. The scam used a fake gov.uk address, but the messages were prevented from ever reaching their intended recipients. The details were revealed by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre in an annual report. In all, ...

  • High-level meeting on the Ebola outbreak in the DRC affirms support for Government-led response and UN system-wide approach

    July 15, 2019

    Almost a year after the outbreak of Ebola was declared in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and with the number of new cases at worrying levels, the United Nations hosted a high-level meeting today in Geneva to take stock of the coordinated response and galvanize further support for the government-led effort to defeat ...

  • Sudan Military Council Appeals Court Ruling to Restore Internet

    July 15, 2019

    Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) asked the high court in Sudan to reverse its decision to restore internet services in the country, only days after the court ruled to restore them. Last Tuesday, a Khartoum court ordered telecommunication companies to restore the internet services in the country, pending a decision on the lawsuit filed by ...