News – February 2018

 


  • 11 Marines affected in hazmat incident at Fort Myer near Pentagon

    February 27, 2018

    Federal and military officials are investigating a hazmat incident that sickened 11 Marines at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia, on Tuesday. The FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service were called in when the Marine Corps personnel began feeling ill after an envelope containing an unknown substance was opened at the joint base, which ...

  • UK experts scrambled to fight Nigeria Lassa fever outbreak

    February 27, 2018

    A team of UK experts is being sent to Nigeria to help the country contain the biggest outbreak of Lassa fever in recent years. According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control,  90 people are suspected to have died from the virus in the last eight weeks alone, with a further 1,081 suspected cases. The disease, which ...

  • Colombia’s ELN rebels kill five soldiers in bomb attack

    February 27, 2018

    At least five Colombian soldiers were killed and more than 10 wounded early Tuesday in an attack by the Marxist ELN rebels near the border with Venezuela, the Army said. The attack came one day after the National Liberation Army (ELN) said it would hold a unilateral ceasefire during legislative elections next month. The government had ...

  • Singapore: Expanded police powers proposed to deal with terror attacks

    February 27, 2018

    n the event of a terror attack, members of the public may be required to stop taking photos or videos in an affected area and not forward messages about police operations to others. Aimed at protecting the secrecy of tactical operations, this is among powers that the authorities will be given if a new Public Order and ...

  • Putin acts to counter hack attacks on top Russian officials

    February 27, 2018

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has given the Federal Guard Service (FSO) powers to counter hack attacks on state data resources as well as to protect the personal data of senior state officials and their families. Putin signed the decree, which was published on the official state website for legal information, on Tuesday. It states that the ...

  • Vietnam warns of possible new bird flu outbreaks

    February 26, 2018

    The Department of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has warned of a high risk of the return of avian influenza in Vietnam after the epidemic was put under control for a long period of time. The department said one hotbed of A/H5N6 bird flu virus had been reported recently in Dai ...

  • Technology To Screen For Explosive Vests Coming To Penn Station

    February 26, 2018

    Suicide vest-detection technology is coming to New York City’s Penn Station. U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said Monday that the federal Transportation Security Administration will start testing the screening equipment on Tuesday. Schumer pushed for the technology to be tested in New York City after a Bangladeshi immigrant injured himself setting off a crude pipe bomb strapped to his ...

  • Home Office Claims First Live Emergency Services Network Tests

    February 26, 2018

    The new communications network for police, fire and other emergency responders has undergone its first live prioritisation tests on EE’s 4G network The Home Office said it has conducted a successful live demonstration of the 4G technology intended to power its next-generation Emergency Services Network (ESN), in a step forward for the controversial project. The ESN has ...

  • Insights on industrial vulnerability: How secure is your OT infrastructure?

    February 26, 2018

    IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology) have traditionally had fairly separate roles within an organisation. However, with the emergence of the Industrial Internet and the integration of complex physical machinery with networked sensors and software, the lines between the two teams are blurring. While greater connectivity and integration is beneficial for smart analytics, control and ...

  • New York is quietly working to prevent a major cyber attack that could bring down the financial system

    February 25, 2018

    Five months before the 9/11 attacks, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld sent a memo to one of his advisers with an ominous message. “Cyberwar,” read the subject line. “Please take a look at this article,” Rumsfeld wrote, “and tell me what you think I ought to do about it. Thanks.” Attached was a 38-page paper, published seven months prior, ...

  • Premier League considers new anti-terror barriers

    February 25, 2018

    A UK company has designed a new system that is quick to deploy and dismantle – and can help keep crowds safe from vehicle attacks. A number of Premier League clubs will meet this week to discuss whether to introduce a “revolutionary” new anti-terror barrier at their grounds. Burnley and Manchester United are already using the portable ...

  • Finn’s Law: MPs to decide whether attacking police dogs should be criminal offence

    February 23, 2018

    A bill could be passed on Friday which would make it an offence to attack service animals, including police dogs and horses. The Service Animals Offences Bill will have its second reading following the Finn’s Law campaign. PC Dave Wardell and his police dog Finn were chasing a robbery suspect in 2016 when they were attacked with ...

  • New walk-through scanner will cut the time we all spend going through airport security

    February 23, 2018

    A Cardiff company has been awarded £400,000 in Government funding to develop a new walk-through scanner that could cut the time it takes for people to pass through airport security. Sequestim is one of eight teams to receive part of a total £1.8m in funding which the Government is giving to projects which it’s hoped could ...

  • Explosion at US embassy in Montenegro

    February 22, 2018

    There has been an explosion at the US embassy in Montenegro, officials say. An attacker threw an explosive device into the compound in the capital Podgorica at around midnight (23:00 GMT), before killing himself, the government announced. Local media have named a Serbian-born local resident as a suspect, but this is unconfirmed by authorities. The government said the ...

  • DARPA Seeks to Expand Real-Time Radiological Threat Detection to Include Other Dangers

    February 22, 2018

    Advanced commercially available technologies-such as additive manufacturing (3-D printing), small-scale chemical reactors for pharmaceuticals, and CRISPR gene-manipulation tools-have opened wide access to scientific exploration and discovery. In the hands of terrorists and rogue nation states, however, these capabilities could be misused to concoct chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive (CBRNE) weapons of mass destruction (WMD) ...