News – August 2017

 


  • FDA Recalls Nearly Half a Million Pacemakers Over Hacking Fears

    August 31, 2017

    Almost half a million people in the United States are highly recommended to get their pacemakers updated, as they are vulnerable to hacking. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled 465,000 pacemakers after discovering security flaws that could allow hackers to reprogram the devices to run the batteries down or even modify the patient’s heartbeat, ...

  • Fears of chemical plant explosion as Harvey floods shut down oil refineries

    August 31, 2017

    An industrial chemical manufacturer has warned its plant outside Houston could explode as fears turned to potential fuel contamination and ten oil refineries in the impact zone of tropical storm Harvey were shut down. Arkema, an industrial chemical manufacturer, has warned that its plant, in a rural area near Houston, could explode and that there was “no way ...

  • Labour calls on Jeremy Hunt to take ‘urgent’ action over NHS cyber security after alarming leaked report

    August 30, 2017

    Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, has been told to take “urgent” action to prevent another devastating cyber attack on the NHSafter a leaked internal report revealed a string of digital security failings in the health service. The report, by NHS Digital’s head of security operations, Chris Flynn, said there was a “false sense of security” among staff over ...

  • Supporting Nuclear Non-Proliferation: Ghana Converts Research Reactor from HEU to LEU Fuel

    August 29, 2017

    Ghana has successfully completed the conversion of its only research reactor from the use of high enriched uranium (HEU) fuel to low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel, in an international project supported by the IAEA to help decrease the proliferation risks associated with HEU fuel. HEU is an ingredient that can be used to create a nuclear ...

  • UK infrastructure failing to meet the most basic cybersecurity standards

    August 29, 2017

    More than a third of national critical infrastructure organisations have not met basic cybersecurity standards issued by the UK government, according to Freedom of Information requests by Corero Network Security. The FoIs were sent in March 2017 to 338 organisations including fire and rescue services, police forces, ambulance trusts, NHS trusts, energy suppliers and transport organisations. ...

  • Texan nuclear plant runs through Hurricane Harvey

    August 29, 2017

    South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC) said it implemented its severe weather plan and completed hurricane preparations ahead of Hurricane Harvey striking the Texas Gulf Coast on 25 August. The company said storm crews comprising some 175 workers – including operators, engineers, maintenance, emergency responders and security personnel – remained on-site for the duration of ...

  • Pittsburgh to be first airport to allow non-fliers past security since 9/11

    August 29, 2017

    Care to do some shopping at the airport, even if you’re not flying? Or walk a loved one to the gate before their flight? You’ll be able to do that starting next week at Pittsburgh International. The airport is now poised to become the first U.S. airport allow non-fliers regular access into its gate-side terminal areas since ...

  • Danger from Sussex gas cloud has passed, police say

    August 28, 2017

    A gas cloud that affected hundreds of people along the East Sussex coast appears to have dissipated, police say. Residents were being urged to keep their windows and doors closed after the unknown haze emerged, but this advice has now been withdrawn. Holidaymakers were left with streaming eyes, sore throats and nausea – with about 150 people ...

  • British paramedics to start carrying antidote to deadly nerve gas amid fears terrorists are plotting a chemical strike on Britain

    August 26, 2017

    Paramedics are being equipped with an antidote to some of the deadliest nerve agents amid fears terrorists are plotting a chemical strike on Britain. Thousands of frontline medics have already received the epipen-style devices that could combat VX or sarin, the as well as training on what to do in a mass casualty attack. Security chiefs fear ...

  • NHS trust hit by cyber attack cancels operations and asks patients not to come to hospital ‘unless it is essential’

    August 26, 2017

    Scotland’s third-largest NHS trust is appealing for patients not to attend hospital unless it is “essential” amid an ongoing cyber attack. Operations and appointments have been cancelled by NHS Lanarkshire and people are being warned they could be turned away, but a spokesperson insisted there were “no concerns around emergency treatments”. It is the second time the trust has been affected by malware within ...

  • Spain to push EU leaders for better counter-terrorism coordination

    August 25, 2017

    Spain will ask the leaders of France, Italy and Germany to discuss cross-border counter-terrorism at a summit in Paris on Monday, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Friday after dual attacks in Catalonia. Rajoy praised the police response despite mounting questions over poor communication between different investigators and an informal tip-off from Belgium which failed to ...

  • Buckingham Palace suspect was brandishing 4ft sword, police say

    August 25, 2017

    A man arrested outside Buckingham Palace on Friday night was brandishing a 4ft sword as he repeatedly shouted “Allahu Akbar”, police say. Dean Haydon, head of counter-terrorism at Scotland Yard, said the man drove at a police vehicle before stopping and being confronted by three officers. CS gas was used to “quickly” restrain the 26-year-old, from the ...

  • How could the ‘sonic attack’ on US diplomats in Cuba have been carried out?

    August 25, 2017

    The mysterious “sonic attack” on US diplomats based in Cuba raises questions about what form an acoustic weapon might have taken and the prevalence of such devices in the military. The US State Department claims that the “attacks” started in autumn 2016 and ended in April this year and had affected at least 16 individuals. Officials said that ...

  • Dutch concert cancelled after terror tip-off from Spanish police

    August 24, 2017

    A concert in Rotterdam has been cancelled after a tip-off from Spanish police about a potential terror threat. The city’s mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb, said gas bottles were found in a small van with Spanish number plates found near the venue, where American rock group Allah-Las were due to perform. Police detained the driver, reported to be Spanish ...

  • Legal questions surround police use of facial recognition tech

    August 24, 2017

    Police in the UK have collected more than 20 million facial recognition images without Parliament being consulted over the technology. This figure potentially corresponds to almost a third of the population – and includes the facial images of hundreds of thousands of innocent citizens, despite a High Court ruling in 2012 that said holding these was unlawful. At the ...