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  • What is cyber warfare?

    June 13, 2019

    Cyber warfare refers to the use of technology to launch attacks on nations, governments and citizens, causing comparable harm to actual warfare using weaponry. To date, there hasn’t been an outright “cyber war” with declared antagonists, however there are a number of incidents that have caused serious disruption to countries’ infrastructure that are suspected of being ...

  • Gulf of Oman tanker blasts: Crews rescued safely

    June 13, 2019

    Dozens of crew members have been rescued after abandoning two oil tankers hit by explosions in the Gulf of Oman. Ship operators said 21 crew on board the Kokuka Courageous and 23 on the Front Altair had been evacuated. Iran rescued the 44 after an “accident”, state media said, although the cause is unconfirmed. The US Navy ...

  • Australia signals Indo-Pacific focus for Five Eyes

    June 13, 2019

    Australia has signalled a potential shift in the strategy underlying its alliance with the US as part of the so-called Five Eyes nations, as well as more generally. According to new Defence Minister Senator Linda Reynolds, Australia’s “mateship” with the US “matters a great deal”. However it’s not just about the mutual support obligations in the ANZUS ...

  • Ebola outbreak spreads from DRC to Uganda as child diagnosed with virus

    June 12, 2019

    A five-year-old boy in Uganda has tested positive for Ebola in the first cross-border case of the deadly virus since an outbreak started in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last year, the country’s health ministry has said. The Congolese child has been isolated with family members at a hospital in a western district near the Congo border, according to Ugandan health minister ...

  • MI5 ‘unlawfully’ handled bulk surveillance data, lawsuit reveals

    June 11, 2019

    MI5 may have broken the law by holding large volumes of private data without proper protections, according to documents released in the High Court. The security agency also misled senior judges by applying for warrants on the basis that data protection obligations were being met – when in fact they were not. The 10 internal documents, which ...

  • Major training exercise sees dogs sniff out ‘explosives’ at Bristol Airport

    June 11, 2019

    Explosives detection dogs from police forces across the country are taking part in a major training exercise at Bristol Airport this week. More than 40 dogs will be put through their paces by their handlers throughout the terminal building and airfield, testing their ability to detect substances that could potentially harm members of the public. The exercise, ...

  • Major HSM vulnerabilities impact banks, cloud providers, governments

    June 10, 2019

    Two security researchers have recently revealed vulnerabilities that can be exploited remotely to retrieve sensitive data stored inside special computer components known as HSMs (Hardware Security Modules). HSMs are hardware-isolated devices that use advanced cryptography to store, manipulate, and work with sensitive information such as digital keys, passwords, PINs, and various other sensitive information. In the real world, ...

  • Finn’s Law named after hero police dog comes into force

    June 8, 2019

    Police dogs and horses are to get better protection from attack as a new law named after a hero police dog comes into force. Finn’s Law – officially called the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Bill – is named after a German shepherd police dog who was brutally stabbed as he protected his handler from a suspect ...

  • For two hours, a large chunk of European mobile traffic was rerouted through China

    June 7, 2019

    For more than two hours on Thursday, June 6, a large chunk of European mobile traffic was rerouted through the infrastructure of China Telecom, China’s third-largest telco and internet service provider (ISP). The incident occurred because of a BGP route leak at Swiss data center colocation company Safe Host, which accidentally leaked over 70,000 routes from its internal ...

  • Man Arrested While Trying To Buy Explosives To Attack Times Square, Police Sources Say

    June 7, 2019

    A man has been arrested after authorities say he was plotted to detonate explosive devices in Manhattan’s Times Square. Police sources tell CBS2 that the suspect was taken into custody by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes both the NYPD and FBI. Sources say the man expressed an interest in buying explosives that he was allegedly ...

  • Forget BlueKeep: Beware the GoldBrute

    June 7, 2019

    A botnet has appeared that has attempted to brute-force 1.5 million RDP connections to Windows systems in the last few days — and counting. While everyone’s talking about the BlueKeep Mega-Worm, this is not the main monster to fear, according to recent web attack activity. Rather, a researcher is warning that the GoldBrute botnet poses the greatest ...

  • Large Ebola outbreaks new normal, says WHO

    June 7, 2019

    The world is entering “a new phase” where big outbreaks of deadly diseases like Ebola are a “new normal”, the World Health Organization has warned. Previous Ebola outbreaks affected relatively small numbers of people. But the Democratic Republic of Congo is dealing with the second largest outbreak ever, just three years after the world’s largest one ended. The ...

  • The Western Australia Police Force trials AI cloud platform for investigation data

    June 7, 2019

    The Western Australia Police Force (WAPF) has partnered with Microsoft to trial a pilot cloud-based platform that is aimed toward making it easier for officers to track the digital footprints of criminals. The cloud-based platform analyses large quantities of digital information, and then applies artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to “make sense” of the information collected during investigations, ...

  • Huawei Signs Deal to Develop 5G in Russia Amid US Crackdown

    June 6, 2019

    The Chinese telecom giant has concluded a deal with one of Russia’s leading mobile and internet providers amid US pressure on Huawei. Citing security concerns and accusing the firm of being too close to the Chinese government, the US has barred Huawei equipment from American soil and is pressing allies to do the same. The Shenzhen-based ...

  • Heathrow scanners mean liquids can stay in bags

    June 6, 2019

    Passengers at Heathrow airport will be able to keep their liquids and laptops inside their carry-on bags, once new security equipment is installed. The airport is investing £50m in the computer tomography (CT) security scanners, to be rolled out over the next few years. The technology, similar to CT scanners used in hospitals, provides a clear picture ...

  • AMCA Healthcare Hack Widens Again, Reaching 20.1M Victims

    June 5, 2019

    OPKO subsidiary BioReference joins Quest and LabCorp in the supply-chain incident. The hack of the American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), a third-party bill collection vendor, continues to expand, now impacting 20.1 million patients across three laboratory services providers. In the wake of revelations that the personal data of 12 million patients from Quest Diagnostics had been potentially compromised by ...

  • A New Approach for Combating Insider Threats

    June 4, 2019

    As insider attacks continue to plague the enterprise the security community is doubling down on finding new solutions to mitigate against the age-old problem. An insider threat can encompass anything from a gullible employee falling for a spearphishing email, to unaware new hires sharing data inappropriately – all the way to a rogue employeestealing company data. What connects all these insider threats ...

  • Pharma-testing biz Eurofins Scientific says it fell victim to ‘new version’ of malware

    June 3, 2019

    Bio-analytical testing biz Eurofins Scientific today admitted it was the subject of a ransomware attack at the weekend. The Paris Stock Exchange-listed group operates in food, environmental, pharmaceutical and cosmetics product testing. It has 800 labs spread across 47 countries. The company said in a statement that its tech security team had detected the malware. Resident techies and a team ...

  • PSNI Officers urged to double security measures after IED failed to detonate under officer’s car

    June 3, 2019

    The officer was said to be shaken by the find, which was made at Shandon Park Golf Club, close to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) headquarters in Belfast on Saturday morning (June 1). Army bomb disposal experts said it was a viable improvised explosive device that failed to detonate. One of the vehicles PSNI officers ...

  • Bomb under PSNI officer’s car at Belfast golf club ‘intended to kill’

    June 1, 2019

    A bomb found under a serving police officer’s car at a Belfast golf club is being treated as attempted murder by the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Police and Army bomb disposal experts were called to the scene at Shandon Park Golf Club on Saturday. The club is located in east Belfast, near the PSNI headquarters. The head ...