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  • Two years after WannaCry, a million computers remain at risk

    May 12, 2019

    Two years ago today, a powerful ransomware began spreading across the world. WannaCry spread like wildfire, encrypting hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries in a matter of hours. It was the first time that ransomware, a malware that encrypts a user’s files and demands cryptocurrency in ransom to unlock them, had spread across ...

  • Houthis Block Access To ‘Floating Bomb’ Oil Tanker Off Yemen

    May 9, 2019

    A floating oil tanker that hasn’t been maintained since the conflict in Yemen erupted in 2015 is currently under the control of the Houthi rebels, who are preventing a United Nations team from assessing the danger from the tanker which has been described as “a floating bomb” that could explode after sitting unattended for so long. The Iran-aligned ...

  • Lax Telco Security Allows Mobile Phone Hijacking and Redirects

    May 9, 2019

    As anyone who has called into a bank or utility provider lately knows, security for customer service routines – the prescribed ways in which support reps verify the identity of customers that call in – are being continually upgraded. Two-factor authentication, voice passwords, various security questions (“what was the name of your first pet,” for ...

  • ‘Software delivered to Boeing’ now blamed for 737 MAX warning fiasco

    May 7, 2019

    As the 737 MAX scandal rolls on, “software delivered to Boeing” has been blamed by the company for the malfunctioning of a safety display. In a statement issued over the weekend, the American airliner manufacturer admitted that its software was not properly displaying fleet-standard warning captions to pilots. This admission comes after sustained media reporting over cockpit angle-of-attack (AOA) ...

  • Chinese Spies Stole NSA Cyberweapons Long Before Shadow Brokers Leak

    May 7, 2019

    Hacking tools allegedly developed by the National Security Agency (NSA) were being used in the wild by at least one APT long before the Shadow Brokers released the now-infamous trove of U.S. cyberweapons, new analysis suggests. According to researchers at Symantec, an attack group affiliated with the Chinese government known as Buckeye (a.k.a. APT3 or Gothic ...

  • NATO and the United Nations mark continued cooperation against terrorism

    May 7, 2019

    On 6 May 2019, a high-level delegation of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee and its Executive Directorate visited NATO Headquarters in Brussels to discuss the latest emerging threats of terrorism, foreign terrorist fighters and returnees, as well as possible areas for enhancing cooperation. Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra (Chair of the Counter Terrorism Committee, or CTC) ...

  • INTERPOL World 2019 Programme Takes on a New Format

    May 7, 2019

    Press Release The world’s largest international police organization, INTERPOL, has announced that the third edition of INTERPOL World will take place from 2 to 4 July 2019 at Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands Singapore. Owned by INTERPOL and supported by Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs, this year’s edition will focus on the theme ...

  • Japanese government to create and maintain defensive malware

    May 3, 2019

    The Japanese Defense Ministry will create and maintain cyber-weapons in the form of malware that it plans to use in a defensive capacity. Once created, these malware strains, consisting of viruses and backdoors, will become Japan’s first-ever cyber-weapon, Japanese media reported earlier this week, citing a government source . The malware is expected to be finished by ...

  • Double blow to dark web marketplaces

    May 3, 2019

    Two prolific dark web marketplaces have been taken down in simultaneous global operations, supported by Europol: the Wall Street Market and the Silkkitie (known as the Valhalla Marketplace) Those responsible for the world’s second largest illegal online market in the dark web, Wall Street Market, were also arrested in Germany, and two of the highest-selling suppliers ...

  • 15 commandos, driver killed in blast by Maoists in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli

    May 2, 2019

    Maoist rebels triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) on Wednesday, blowing up a vehicle carrying crack C-60 commandos in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district, killing 15 of them and the driver in the deadliest attack on security forces in five years in the state. The attack was believed to be in reprisal for the killing of 40 rebels ...

  • Cisco Warns of Critical Nexus 9000 Data Center Flaw

    May 2, 2019

    Part of a slew of patches from the networking vendor, the CVSS 9.8 bug allows remote takeover of a vulnerable device. A critical vulnerability in Cisco’s software-defined networking (SDN) software could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to connect to a vulnerable data-center switch and take it over, with the privileges of the root user. The bug (CVE-2019-1804), ...

  • Only six TSA staffers are overseeing US oil&gas pipeline security

    May 2, 2019

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the US agency in charge of the US oil&gas pipeline system, has a serious staffing issue on physical and cyber-security positions. According to a report published today by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a bi-partisan government agency that provides auditing, evaluation, and investigative services for Congress, the TSA employs only six full-time staffers ...

  • DHS Orders Federal Agencies to Patch Critical Flaws Within 15 Days

    May 1, 2019

    In recent years, we have seen how hackers prey on those too lazy or ignorant to install security patches, which, if applied on time, would have prevented some devastating cyber attacks and data breaches that happened in major organisations. The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has ordered government agencies to more swiftly plug the ...

  • Criminals could go free because of ‘inadequate’ forensic services

    May 1, 2019

    Crimes may go unsolved and miscarriages of justice may become more common as forensic science in England and Wales is “in trouble”, a new report warns. Forensic techniques including analysis of DNA, fingerprints and digital evidence play an important role in criminal investigations. However, a report from the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee found that ...

  • Australian guilty of plane bomb plot involving meat grinder

    May 1, 2019

    A man has been convicted in Australia of plotting to blow up an Etihad flight in a terror attack, using a bomb hidden inside a meat grinder. Khaled Khayat, 51, conspired to bring down the flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi in July 2017, a jury ruled on Wednesday. He had pleaded not guilty. The plot was ...