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  • A classified DoD network has problems. Now what?

    May 15, 2019

    The Defense Information Systems Agency undertook a strategic review In the second half of 2018 of one of the Department of Defense’s most complex IT programs. The Joint Regional Security Stacks (JRSS) has been a multi-year effort to shrink the cyberattack surface by consolidating countless classified entry points around the world to 25 sites. Officials have ...

  • WHO builds capacity of Priority Countries to use Early Warning and Response tools

    May 14, 2019

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is conducting a five-day orientation training to build the capacity of participants from priority countries through theoretical and practical training on two WHO supported tools for epidemiological surveillance and response activities, EWARS-in-a-box and Go.Data. The participants in this include core surveillance, epidemiological and technical staff involved in incident management drawn from ...

  • UN deminers in Yemen start clearing Hodeidah ports as Houthis withdraw

    May 14, 2019

    A team of UN deminers began clearing thousands of landmines and explosives planted by Houthis around the ports of Hodeidah on Monday, as the rebel withdrawal from the three Red Sea ports continues, according to the spokesman for the pro-government forces in Hodeidah. “A UN team has already started clearing and dismantling a huge number of ...

  • Sweeping Changes To NZ Aviation Legislation Proposed

    May 13, 2019

    New Zealand’s government has proposed sweeping changes to the regulation of the country’s aviation sector, from damaged or lost luggage compensation, drug and alcohol management and the assessment of airline alliances, to making it an offence to harm or assault an aviation security officer’s dog. The overhaul was part of a new Civil Aviation Bill announced ...

  • USAF Takes Big Hit as DOD Reprograms Funds to Pay for Border Wall

    May 13, 2019

    The Air Force is taking the biggest hit of all the services as the Pentagon reprograms funds to build a wall along the southern border, with about half of the procurement costs coming from appropriated USAF projects. The Pentagon announced May 10 it is reprogramming about $1.5 billion from appropriated operations and maintenance and overseas contingency operations funding ...

  • Body scanners to replace metal detectors at airport

    May 13, 2019

    Airport operator, GVK, has called for an expression of interest for the supply of body scanners for installation at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. These scanners will replace the existing door frame metal detectors and hand-held scanners, besides pat-down searches of the passengers to detect metallic objects. “Use of body scanners will save time. Passengers will ...

  • Malaysia foils plot by suspected militants to ‘avenge’ fireman’s death by targeting VIPs, houses of worship

    May 13, 2019

    The police’s Counter Terrorism Division seized six improvised explosive devices (IED) in one of the swoops, believed to be used on the day of attacks at entertainment outlets and houses of worships in the Klang Valley during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. In the first arrest, the police detained a 34-year-old Malaysian labourer in Kuala ...

  • Unsecured server exposes data for 85% of all Panama citizens

    May 13, 2019

    An Elasticsearch server left connected to the internet without a password, or firewall protection, has leaked what appears to be personal records and patient information for roughly 85 percent of Panama’s citizens. The leaky server was found online last week by Bob Diachenko, founder and security researcher with Security Discovery. The Elasticsearch server, a technology used to power fast ...

  • 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 ...