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  • 3 Ways Threat Intelligence Strengthens the American Intelligence Community

    March 20, 2019

    “The strategic environment is changing rapidly, and the United States faces an increasingly complex and uncertain world in which threats are becoming ever more diverse and interconnected,” the report notes. “We face significant changes in the domestic and global environment; we must be ready to meet 21st century challenges and to recognize emerging threats and opportunities.” Cyber threats ...

  • The Persistent Threat of Aviation Hijacking

    March 20, 2019

    As the focus of global security shifts, the tactics, techniques, and procedures of the past have never truly gone away. On February 24, on a flight from Dhaka to Dubai, a Bangladeshi national named Mohammad Palash Ahmed brandished a toy gun and managed to hijack a passenger plane carrying 156 people. His demands were not for the freedom ...

  • Fraud, Cyber Attacks, and Phishing Follow Christchurch Attack

    March 19, 2019

    Opportunistic actors are seeking to turn a quick profit from the tragic events last week in Christchurch, New Zealand, by engaging in online scams or by spreading malware embedded in content related to the gruesome attack. Almost 50 people lost their lives in the Christchurch shooting, prompting nation-wide support for those affected. More than NZ$8 million ...

  • Utrecht tram shooting suspect arrested after three killed

    March 18, 2019

    Police have arrested a man suspected of shooting three people dead and injuring five more on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht, apparently in a family dispute. Turkish-born Gökmen Tanis, 37, was detained on a street in the north of the city several hours after the shooting, which happened at 10.45am local time (0945 ...

  • Four Killed in Balochistan in Second Train Attack in Two Weeks

    March 18, 2019

    Four people were killed and 10 injured in Pakistan on Sunday when a bomb went off on a train track in the resource-rich province of Balochistan, where separatist rebels have been fighting the security forces for years. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but ethnic Baluch separatists, fighting what they call the unfair exploitation of their province’s ...

  • UK cyber-security efforts criticised by audit office

    March 15, 2019

    The government has been told there are “failings” in the way it is planning to protect the UK’s critical infrastructure from cyber-attacks. The warning came in a National Audit Office (NAO) assessment of the UK’s national cyber-defence plan. The government is increasingly worried that these essential sectors will be targeted by foreign states seeking to disrupt UK ...

  • Insecure Database Exposes 800,000 Singapore Blood Donors

    March 15, 2019

    The personal information of 808,201 blood donors who registered to donate since 1986 in Singapore was exposed after the database which contained it was left unprotected on an Internet-facing server for more than two months. According to The Straits Times who first reported the data leak incident, Singapore’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA) received the initial report on March 13 from the security expert ...

  • Christchurch shootings: 49 dead in New Zealand mosque attacks

    March 15, 2019

    Forty-nine people have been killed and at least 20 wounded in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison described one alleged gunman, who had Australian citizenship, as an “extremist, right-wing” terrorist. A man in his late twenties was charged with murder and will appear in court on Saturday morning, police confirmed. Two ...

  • ASD reveals rules for keeping vulnerabilities secret

    March 15, 2019

    The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has quietly published its process for deciding when knowledge of cybersecurity vulnerabilities is kept secret. This is the first official acknowledgement that the ASD might not disclose all of the vulnerabilities it discovers. However, knowledge of secret vulnerabilities would have always been an essential part the agency’s toolkit for offensive cyber ...

  • US ups pressure on Europe over 5G infrastructure from China’s Huawei

    March 14, 2019

    The US upped pressure on Europe Wednesday to avoid turning to Huawei for 5G telecom infrastructure, with a top commander saying NATO forces would cease communicating with their German colleagues if Berlin teams up with the Chinese firm. The US and several other Western nations, fearful of the security risks posed by a company closely tied ...

  • Army sends CBRN unit to assist operations at site of chemical pollution in Pasir Gudang

    March 14, 2019

    The army has sent a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) team to Pasir Gudang to assist operations at the site where toxic chemical pollution has occurred. In a statement yesterday, the army said the team, from the 12th Squadron of the Royal Army Engineers Regiment, would lend its expertise to efforts at the site. The team, ...

  • Point of sale malware campaign targets hospitality and entertainment businesses

    March 13, 2019

    A newly-discovered cybercrime campaign is targeting restaurants, cinemas and other retailers in the entertainment and hospitality industries with point-of-sale (POS) malware in an ongoing effort to steal credit card information from customers. Known as DMSniff, the malware is thought to have been active since 2016, having managed to fly under the radar until now, having been uncovered and ...

  • UK military turns to universities to research psychological warfare

    March 13, 2019

    The British military is recruiting philosophers, psychologists and theologians to research new methods of psychological warfare and behavioural manipulation, leaked documents show. Cambridge University was among the institutions shortlisted by officials in the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), as it sought a partner to spend almost £70m in funding for a project ...

  • Industrial Network Switches Rife with Vulnerabilities

    March 12, 2019

    Industrial switches used to build networks in the oil and gas and maritime logistics sectors, as well as broader critical national infrastructure (CNI) are rife with security vulnerabilities, according to cybersecurity company Positive Technologies. The Framingham, Massachusetts-based company said it had identified five vulnerabilities in US-based Moxa’s EDS-405A, EDS-408A, and EDS-510A series switches, including three that are “highly ...

  • Airlines ground Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after latest crash

    March 11, 2019

    Several airlines have grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 jets following a deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash. The flight crashed minutes after takeoff on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. It was the second disaster in five months involving a Boeing 737 Max 8. Aviation regulators in China and Indonesia have suspended flights using that model. Ethiopian Airlines and ...