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  • Will defense contractors be ready for CMMC?

    July 15, 2019

    Defense contractors will face big changes and tight timelines over the next year as the Department of Defense rolls out its new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework, experts say. The framework, which aims to certify a company’s compliance with federal cybersecurity regulations around controlled unclassified information (CUI), was announced by DOD officials in June. It will ...

  • The growing industrial cyber threat Australia is ignoring

    July 15, 2019

    Just as we are behind on internet connectivity in Australia, we are also lagging on cyber security for the industrial infrastructure that will increasingly run society. We currently have a critical under-investment and will only fall further behind without government action. Australians are largely unaware of this new cyber security threat, as commentary and policies focus ...

  • Ebola in DR Congo: Case confirmed in Goma

    July 15, 2019

    The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the eastern city of Goma, a major transport hub. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the case could be a “game-changer” given the city’s population of more than two million. But the WHO expressed confidence in plans to deal with the diagnosis. DR Congo’s health ...

  • Sweden and UK’s surveillance programs on trial at the European Court of Human Rights

    July 12, 2019

    This week, the highest body of the European Court of Human Rights heard arguments against the mass surveillance programs of two countries, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The legal proceedings in the two cases started years before, in 2008 and 2013, respectively, with the litigation eventually reaching the court’s highest body, the ECHR Grand Chamber, who ...

  • Critical infrastructure at risk again from Stuxnet-like attack

    July 11, 2019

    A dozen vulnerabilities including previously undisclosed exploits have been discovered in software used to maintain industrial control systems (ICS) which could lead to another devastating attack on highly-prevalent critical infrastructure. The researchers from Tenable likened the vulnerabilities to those in the family of devices affected by the infamous Stuxnet attack on an Iranian nuclear facility, adding that the software affected ...

  • ICO neuters UK police use of facial recognition technology

    July 9, 2019

    Live facial recognition (LFR) deployments by police forces across the UK have been dealt a blow after the UK data regulator confirmed its use falls under the umbrella of data protection. In the midst of ongoing rows between law enforcement agencies and digital rights campaigners, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)has clarified LFR “is a potential threat to privacy” ...

  • Bug in Anesthesia Machines Allows Changing Gas Mix Levels

    July 9, 2019

    A vulnerability in the firmware of some anesthesia machines used in hospitals could be abused to change normal functionality up to the point of adjusting the level of inhalational substances. The flaw affects GE Aestiva and GE Aespire anesthesia systems, models 7100 and 7900, from GE Healthcare (part of General Electric Company) and permits sending them commands ...

  • FBI, ICE plunder DMV driver database ‘gold mine’ for facial recognition scans

    July 8, 2019

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are exploiting state DMV records for facial recognition data without the knowledge or permission of drivers. Georgetown Law researchers, together with the Washington Post, have obtained facial recognition requests, documents, and emails which have revealed a project that uses vehicle ownership and driver license databases ...

  • Northern Ireland: Man and woman face terrorism charges

    July 8, 2019

    Two people have been charged with terrorism offences after police seized munitions and ammunition in County Antrim. A man, 33, and a woman, 31, were arrested after a search at a property on Cladytown Road in Glarryford, near Ballymena on Friday night. They are charged with offences including possessing explosive substances and ammunition. They are due to appear ...

  • BA faces £183m fine over customer data breach

    July 8, 2019

    The owner of British Airways is facing a fine of £183.4m after a data breach which saw personal details belonging to 500,000 people compromised. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has told the International Airlines Group (IAG) that BA will be penalised under the Data Protection Act, and that the fine will be equivalent to 1.5% of ...

  • Suspected highly radioactive Californium worth $72 million seized in northern Turkey

    July 6, 2019

    Police in northern Turkey’s Bolu province have seized $72 million worth of radioactive Californium, an element used in nuclear weapons and reactors, authorities said Saturday. Some 18.1 grams (0.63 ounces) of Californium was seized in a car by anti-smuggling and organized crime police, Bolu Governorate said in a statement. Five suspects are being investigated over the ...

  • NHS must spend now to prevent devastation of ‘WannaCry 2.0’

    July 4, 2019

    The government must urgently pump more money into cyber securitywithin the NHS to plug gaps that render the healthcare system vulnerable to an attack more destructive than the WannaCry saga. Although many positive steps have been taken since the 2017 attack, a lack of investment, a deficit of skills and awareness, and the use of out-dated systems are ...

  • Cyberwarfare in space: Satellites at risk of hacker attacks

    July 2, 2019

    There’s an urgent need for NATO and its member countries to address the cybersecurity of space-based satellite control systems because they’re vulnerable to cyberattacks – and if left unaddressed, it could have severe consequences for global security, a new paper from a major thinktank on international affairs has warned. Almost all modern military engagements rely on space-based assets, ...

  • US wants to isolate power grids with ‘retro’ technology to limit cyber-attacks

    July 2, 2019

    The US is very close to improving power grid security by mandating the use of “retro” (analog, manual) technologies on US power grids as a defensive measure against foreign cyber-attacks that could bring down power distribution as a result. The idea is to use “retro” technology to isolate the grid’s most important control systems, to limit ...

  • Germany and the Netherlands to build the first ever joint military internet

    June 28, 2019

    Government officials from Germany and the Netherlands have signed an agreement this week to build the first-ever joint military internet. The accord was signed on Wednesday in Brussels, Belgium, where NATO defense ministers met this week. The name of this new Dutch-German military internet is the Tactical Edge Networking, or TEN, for short. This is the first time ...

  • MongoDB Leak Exposed Millions of Medical Insurance Records

    June 28, 2019

    Millions of records containing personal information and medical insurance data were exposed by a database belonging to insurance marketing website MedicareSupplement.com. An online database belonging to insurance marketing website MedicareSupplement.com was found exposing more than 5 million records with personal information. MedicareSupplement.com is a U.S.-based marketing site that allows users to find supplemental medical insurance available in their ...

  • Tunisia explosion: Capital rocked after two suicide attacks – 1 police officer dead

    June 27, 2019

    Tunisia has been rocked after two suicide bombers blew themselves up in separate attacks in the Tunisian capital, killing one police officer and wounding several others, the Tunisian Interior Ministry has confirmed. The first targeted a police patrol in Charles de Gaulle Street in central Tunis at around 11am. One police officer was killed and at ...

  • Questions and Answers – EU Cybersecurity

    June 26, 2019

    What has the EU done so far to reinforce cybersecurity? The EU has now a range of instruments to protect electronic communications networks, including the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS Directive), the EU Cybersecurity Act, and the new telecoms rules. The Directive has introduced new mechanisms for cooperation at EU level, measures to increase national capabilities and obligations for ...

  • US launches cyber-attack aimed at Iranian rocket and missile systems

    June 24, 2019

    The US has responded to a recent rise in Iranian cyber-activity and the shooting of an unarmed drone last week by launching cyber-attacks against Iran’s military IT systems. The cyber-attacks were carried out by US Cyber Command with the direct approval of US President Donald Trump, the Associated Press reported on Sunday, citing two inside sources, and ...

  • Belgium arrests suspect over US embassy attack plot

    June 20, 2019

    Belgian authorities arrested a man who is suspected of planning an attack on the United States Embassy in Brussels, prosecutors announced on Monday. The Belgian man, who has only been identified by his initials “M.G.”, was taken into custody following a string of threats. He has been charged with an attempted terror attack and with “preparing a ...