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  • France Lyon: ‘Parcel bomb’ injures people

    May 24, 2019

    A suspected parcel bomb has exploded in the eastern French city of Lyon, injuring at least eight people, local media report. Those hurt in the explosion on Victor-Hugo Street seemed to have suffered superficial injuries to the lower limbs, one report says. Soldiers sealed the area afterwards as police and explosives experts arrived. French President Emmanuel Macron has ...

  • Londonderry alert: Petrol bombs thrown at police officers

    May 24, 2019

    Police in Londonderry are continuing to question a 12-year-old boy and two 17-year-olds after officers were attacked with petrol bombs during a security alert. Five petrol bombs were thrown after a suspicious device was found near a polling station in the Galliagh area. The device close to St Paul’s Primary School was later declared an elaborate hoax. Police ...

  • Explosion targets mosque in Pakistan’s Quetta

    May 24, 2019

    At least three people have been killed and 28 wounded after a bomb exploded at a mosque in the western Pakistani city of Quetta. The explosion took place inside a mosque before Friday prayers, city police chief Abdul Razzaq Cheema told Al Jazeera by phone, adding that at least three of the wounded were in critical condition. Local ...

  • Defence Secretary commits £22m to fund Army cyber operations centres

    May 24, 2019

    The government has pledged £22 million to fund the creation of cyber operations centres for the British Army in order to boost the military’s offensive cyber capabilities. The number of centres and their locations has yet to be confirmed, but their construction is slated to start next year with the centres commencing their operations at some ...

  • Baltimore ransomware attack cripples public services

    May 23, 2019

    The city of Baltimore has been locked out of its online services for more than two weeks after thousands of government computers were infected with ransomware. The hack, which was first discovered on 7 May, has shut down a number of government services, including those for paying tax, parking tickets and water bills, and has prevented ...

  • IoT cyber attacks cost UK economy £1bn each year

    May 23, 2019

    Cyber attacks targeting Internet of Things (IoT) devices could cost the UK’s economy £1 billion annually, according to research. IoT devices are seen as “low-hanging fruit” by cyber criminals who seek to take advantage of the technologies weak security measures. Research from Dutch software firm Irdeto found that IoT attacks cost UK businesses £244,000 on average last year, ...

  • London Underground to begin tracking passengers through Wi-Fi hotspots

    May 23, 2019

    Transport for London (TfL) is planning to roll out a system to track commuters making use of public Wi-Fi hotspots across the London Underground in coming months. The UK transport agency said on Wednesday that “secure, privacy-protected data collection will begin on 8 July 2019,” with improved customer services — including warnings over delays and station congestion — ...

  • UK says it warned 16 NATO allies of Russian hacking activities

    May 23, 2019

    The UK has shared information on Russian hacking attacks with 16 NATO allies over the last 18 months, a British government official said today. “I can disclose that in the last 18 months, the National Cyber Security Centre has shared information and assessments with 16 NATO Allies – and even more nations outside the Alliance – ...

  • The British Army’s psyops unit 77 Brigade is still falling short of recruiting targets

    May 23, 2019

    The British Army’s psyops unit 77 Brigade is still falling short of recruiting targets, despite cyber skills being bigged up repeatedly by the military and government. The unit – whose remit covers information operations, psyops and similar shady things – has continued its struggle to attract part-time recruits, according to figures released under the Freedom of ...

  • Maker of US border’s license-plate scanning tech ransacked by hacker, blueprints and files dumped online

    May 23, 2019

    The maker of vehicle license plate readers used extensively by the US government and cities to identify and track citizens and immigrants has been hacked. Its internal files were pilfered, and are presently being offered for free on the dark web to download. Tennessee-based Perceptics prides itself as “the sole provider of stationary LPRs [license plate ...

  • New York National Guard Soldiers hone domestic nuclear disaster response skills at Guard Response exercise

    May 23, 2019

    One hundred and sixty New York Army National Guard Soldiers spent May 8-16 honing their emergency response skills during exercise Guardian Response 2019 at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Guardian Response exercises validate Army units ability to support state and local authorities in the event of a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear attack. New York Army National Guard Soldiers ...

  • New FAA rules for recreational drone flyers introduce temporary no-fly zones and a training requirement

    May 22, 2019

    According to the United States FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Report for 2019, the number of unmanned drones is expected to double in the next twelve months from roughly 1.2 million aircraft to nearly 2.4 million aircraft. While commercial drone activity continues to grow, especially as higher-end drone capabilities go down in price, recreational drone usage is also ...

  • Facial recognition technology ‘violates human rights and must end’, landmark court case hears

    May 21, 2019

    Police are breaking human rights law with the use of controversial facial recognition software, a landmark court case has heard. Ed Bridges is bringing the first legal challenge on the technology, which has been trialled by forces in different parts of the UK. He believes he was scanned by cameras used by South Wales Police at a peaceful anti-arms trade protest ...

  • EU Security Official Calls For Loopholes In 5G Standards

    May 21, 2019

    Next-generation networks make it too difficult for security agencies to spy on targets, says EU counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove in leaked memo The European Union’s counter-terrorism coordinator has called for security loopholes to be implanted in 5G standards to make them more suitable for state surveillance operators and criminal prosecutors. The proposals by EU counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove ...

  • US Tech Giants Google, Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcom Break Up With Huawei

    May 20, 2019

    Google has reportedly suspended all businesses with the world’s second-biggest smartphone maker, Huawei, and revoked its Android license effective immediately—a move that will have a drastic impact on Huawei devices across the globe. Revoking Android license means Huawei future smartphones will no longer have access to Android updates and apps like Gmail or the Play Store, ...