News – April 2017

 


  • Russian-controlled telecom hijacks financial services’ Internet traffic

    April 28, 2017

    On Wednesday, large chunks of network traffic belonging to MasterCard, Visa, and more than two dozen other financial services companies were briefly routed through a Russian government-controlled telecom under unexplained circumstances that renew lingering questions about the trust and reliability of some of the most sensitive Internet communications. Anomalies in the border gateway protocol—which routes large-scale ...

  • TalkTalk hack attack: Two men plead guilty to customer data theft

    April 27, 2017

    Two men have pleaded guilty to hacking into TalkTalk’s website in October 2015 and stealing thousands of customer records containing sensitive data. Matthew Hanley, 22, of Devonshire Drive, Tamworth admitted to three offences under the Computer Misuse Act. The Metropolitan Police said that he confessed to breaching TalkTalk’s site, had obtained files that would enable the ...

  • Kazakhstan takes experience from Georgia in aviation security

    April 27, 2017

    A delegation from Kazakhstan is visiting the Georgian Civil Aviation Agency (GCAA) for an exchange in aviation security. The Kazakhstan delegation includes high officials from airline company Air Astana, from Kazakhstan Civil Aviation Committee and those responsible for aviation security at Astana’s and Aktau’s international airports. The four-day visit started on April 24 and the main goal ...

  • Pentagon Challenges White Hats with New “Hack the Air Force” Bug Bounty Program

    April 27, 2017

    The Pentagon is launching its largest bug bounty project thus far, this time asking hackers to find flaws in the Air Force’s platforms. “Hack the Air Force” will be open not only to experts in the United States but also from the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, or, in other words, what we’ve come ...

  • Trump administration might extend electronics ban to UK flights: Report

    April 26, 2017

    Passengers flying from the UK to the US may also be banned from bringing their laptops into aircraft cabins, it has been reported. According to the Guardian, the Trump administration is considering extending its security restrictions — which prohibits electronic devices larger than a smartphone from being taken as carry-on luggage — to US-bound flights from ...

  • DOE releases results of energy cybersecurity emergency exercise

    April 25, 2017

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released the findings and recommendations from Liberty Eclipse, a multi-state cyber-energy preparedness exercise hosted by DOE and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) in December 2016. The exercise simulated a cyber attack on the energy infrastructure, including electricity, gasoline, jet fuel, heating oil, and other energy services, ...

  • Fortinet Supports INTERPOL-led Cybercrime Operation across the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

    April 24, 2017

    Fortinet has partnered with INTERPOL over the past two years to assist in identifying and thwarting cybercrime. Today, INTERPOL announced that a new operation across the ASEAN region, built around threat intelligence provided by Fortinet and other public and private sector security organizations, has resulted in the identification of nearly 9,000 Command and Control (C2) ...

  • Fake Delta Airline Receipts Spread Financial Malware

    April 24, 2017

    Spam emails posing as Delta Air payment confirmation emails are spreading financial and banking malware to computers. According to Heimdal Security firm, a new campaign trying to get access to your financial information was noticed in the wild. Users are receiving spam emails posing as payment confirmations from Delta Air. As the researchers point out, this is ...

  • Bomb left at a Belfast school was an attempt to murder police, officer says

    April 23, 2017

    Dissident republicans left a bomb at the gates of a primary school in Northern Ireland in an attempt to murder police, a senior officer has said. The device, described as viable, significant and reckless, was discovered in an alleyway beside Holy Cross Boys’ Primary School in Ardoyne, North Belfast shortly before midnight on Saturday. People in twenty ...

  • France steps up security around election as terror attack fears rise

    April 19, 2017

    Security has been stepped up around political rallies and meetings in France amid heightened fears of a terror attack with just four days of campaigning until the first round of the fiercely contested presidential election. The five main candidates have vowed to continue campaigning as it emerged that France’s police and intelligence agencies spent several weeks ...

  • France arrests over ‘pre-election attack plot’

    April 18, 2017

    Five days before the first round of France’s presidential election, two men have been arrested on suspicion of planning an imminent attack, The suspects, aged 23 and 29, were detained in Marseille by elite police and domestic intelligence agents after a search that had lasted several days. Both men were said to have been radicalised in prison. France ...

  • Britain has formed a special squad to tackle drones smuggling drugs and mobile phones into prisons

    April 18, 2017

    U.K. law enforcement has formed a new squad to tackle the problem of drones flying drugs and mobile phones into prisons. The team of prison and police officers will work together to inspect drones that have been found in prisons and track down where they came from and who tried to smuggle contraband in. They will ...