News – December 2017

 


  • Security for New Year’s Eve celebrations reviewed, Met Police says

    December 29, 2017

    Security for New Year’s Eve celebrations across London has been reviewed, Scotland Yard says. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to celebrate in London on 31 December. They can expect to see armed police on patrol, plus dog units and vehicle barriers, Superintendent Nick Aldworth said. Read more… Source: Sky News  

  • LA-Tokyo U-turn: How can you fly without a ticket?

    December 28, 2017

    On 26 December a Tokyo-bound flight from Los Angeles was turned around mid-air after it was discovered that an “unauthorised passenger” had managed to get on board without a valid ticket. More than 200 passengers, including celebrity couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, were on the “flight to nowhere” after taking off and landing at the ...

  • ADS-B and Aviation Cybersecurity: Should Passengers Be Concerned?

    December 28, 2017

    Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) is a technology mandated in all commercial and general aviation aircraft by 2020. It gives the pilot a kind of weather radar and assists with situational awareness, bringing excellent value to the cockpit for professional and private pilots alike. The ability to see thunderstorms and other aircraft in close proximity ...

  • 40 dead in ‘multiple’ Kabul suicide bomb blasts

    December 28, 2017

    At least 40 people have been killed and dozens more wounded following multiple blasts at a Shia cultural centre in Kabul. Najib Danish, a spokesperson for the Afghan interior ministry, said suicide attackers had set off explosions outside of the centre. Islamic State said it directed the attacks, and claimed through its propaganda outlet Amaq that it ...

  • Putin says St. Petersburg blast was a terror attack

    December 28, 2017

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that a terrorist attack occurred in St. Petersburg on Wednesday. The head of state ordered Russia’s Federal Security Service, the FSB, to act within the law when detaining criminals, but in the event of a threat to the lives of law enforcement officers, no one should be captured but ...

  • What is cyber security? How to build a cyber security strategy

    December 27, 2017

    Cyber security is the practice of ensuring the integrity, confidentiality and availability (ICA) of information. It represents the ability to defend against and recover from accidents like hard drive failures or power outages, and from attacks by adversaries. The latter includes everyone from script kiddies to hackers and criminal groups capable of executing advanced persistent ...

  • Why ‘secure’ isn’t secure enough in the utilities sector

    December 27, 2017

    Cybersecurity of critical energy infrastructure is a growing concern because the industry is experiencing a significant overhaul as grids, power, water and gas become increasingly smart and automated. For utility companies, the consequences of inadequate cybersecurity include service and grid outages affecting thousands of customers, if not more. The “fourth industrial revolution,” if you will, ...

  • Terrorist Attack on Libya Pipeline

    December 26, 2017

    Officials from the Libyan National Army (LNA) announced that the attack against the Maradah pipeline was an act of terrorism. “Eyewitnesses saw two Toyota trucks near the scene of the blast prior to the explosion which we believe were there to plant explosives,” statement from the Media Office of LNA’s Marada Battalion has said. We broke the ...

  • Driver rams German party headquarters in apparent suicide bid

    December 25, 2017

    A man drove a car at the entrance of the Berlin headquarters of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) late on Sunday evening, lightly injuring himself, later telling police that he had intended to commit suicide. Police said the car, which crashed through the first set of glass doors of Willy Brandt House, the SPD’s headquarters, was ...

  • France to deploy nearly 100,000 police and soldiers over Christmas weekend

    December 23, 2017

    The French government has confirmed that some 91,000 police, military police, and soldiers will be on duty over the Christmas weekend due to the heightened threat from terrorism. Tens of thousands of armed police, gendarmes military police and soldiers will be deployed over the Christmas weekend as the government takes steps to ensure the security arrangements ...

  • US capital’s surveillance cam network allegedly hijacked by Romanian ransomware suspects

    December 22, 2017

    Two of the five unnamed individuals cuffed this month in Romania on suspicion of spreading ransomware face US computer crime charges – for their alleged role in taking over 123 out of 187 networked computersthat control Washington DC’s CCTV cameras earlier this year. According to Europol, which led the arrests, this week, two of those arrested are suspected of attacking ...

  • Yemen cholera cases reach one million – ICRC

    December 21, 2017

    The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has reached one million, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says. At least 2,226 people are believed to have died of the disease since April, although the number of new cases has declined for 14 consecutive weeks. The ICRC said the outbreak was “amplifying the suffering of ...

  • Melbourne car ramming: four people critically injured and driver arrested

    December 21, 2017

    Four people have been critically injured after a car ploughed through a busy intersection outside the Flinders Street station in Melbourne in what police have described as a “deliberate act”. The driver of the vehicle, a 32-year-old man, was arrested by an off-duty police sergeant who was on the scene within 15 seconds of the incident, the acting ...

  • Priorities and targets in new ICAO Global Aviation Security Plan endorsed by Asia and Pacific States

    December 21, 2017

    ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu welcomed the endorsement yesterday of a new Asia and Pacific (APAC) Aviation Security Roadmap, one which will now align national and regional programmes and targets with the UN aviation agency’s new Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP). In her address to the ICAO Regional Aviation Security Conference, generously hosted in Bangkok ...

  • GCHQ ‘Over-Achieved’ its Development of Offensive Cyber Capabilities

    December 21, 2017

    A new report from the Intelligence and Security Committee claims that the GCHQ has substantially increased its hacking abilities over the past few years. So much so that the Committee claims the spy organisation has “over-achieved”. How much is over-achieved? Apparently the agency has doubled the number of offensive cyber-capabilities, including the ability to attack other countries’ communications, ...