News – January 2018

 


  • Industrial cyber security continues to be poor, warns report

    February 1, 2018

    It is not just western countries such as the US and the UK that are being targeted by hackers, as the rapidly developed and wealthy nations of the Middle East become targets of both politically and financially driven attacks. Discover how cyber security expertise can help businesses in the Middle East navigate digital transformations and ...

  • Critical Oracle Micros POS Flaw Affects Over 300,000 Payment Systems

    January 31, 2018

    Oracle has released a security patch update to address a critical remotely exploitable vulnerability that affects its MICROS point-of-sale (POS) business solutions for the hospitality industry. The fix has been released as part of Oracle’s January 2018 update that patches a total of 238 security vulnerabilities in its various products. According to public disclosure by ERPScan, the security firm which discovered ...

  • Utilities ill-equipped to face increasingly disparate cybersecurity threat

    January 31, 2018

    All utilities organizations surveyed in the latest EY Power and Utilities Global Information Security Survey 2017-18 (GISS): Why wait for a cyber catastrophe to prepare for a cyber attack?, say that their cybersecurity function does not meet their needs. The survey also finds that 58% of sector respondents anticipate difficulties in monitoring the perimeter of their ...

  • National Guard F-16 fighter jets prepare for Super Bowl security duties

    January 31, 2018

    At 21,000 feet above Minnesota’s snow-covered ground, an F-16 fighter jet approached the back of a KC-135 Stratotanker. A Wisconsin Air National Guardsman, suspended on his stomach above a board covered in switches and knobs, watched the F-16 through a window at the back of the Stratotanker while using a joystick to maneuver a boom down ...

  • From active shooters to IEDs, Pensacola Naval Air Station training ensures readiness

    January 31, 2018

    As part of an exercise, an armed man refused to negotiate with police, stabbed a woman and then shot people inside a Pensacola Naval Air Station building on Wednesday. The mock active shooter and hostage scenario was part of anti-terrorism exercises taking place at Navy bases nationwide through early February during Exercise Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield. Read more… Source: Pensacola ...

  • Munich Airport opens Information Security Hub to fight cybercrime

    January 31, 2018

    Munich Airport has  launched an Information Security Hub (ISH) where airport IT specialists will work with experts from the European aviation industry to defend against cyberattacks and cybercrime. With the spread of digitalisation, there has been “a massive increase in the number of attacks on the IT systems of companies and public authorities in Germany,” said ...

  • Cisco Patches Critical VPN Vulnerability

    January 30, 2018

    Cisco Systems released a patch Monday to fix a critical security vulnerability in its Secure Sockets Layer VPN solution called Adaptive Security Appliance. The vulnerability, according to a Cisco Security Advisory, could allow an unauthenticated and remote attacker to execute remote code on affected devices. The vulnerability impacts nearly a dozen Cisco products ranging from 3000 Series ...

  • U.S. soldiers are revealing sensitive and dangerous information by jogging

    January 29, 2018

    An interactive map posted on the Internet that shows the whereabouts of people who use fitness devices such as Fitbit also reveals highly sensitive information about the locations and activities of soldiers at U.S. military bases, in what appears to be a major security oversight. The Global Heat Map, published by the GPS tracking company Strava, uses ...

  • Eleven soldiers killed as militants attack army unit in Kabul, Afghanistan

    January 29, 2018

    At least 11 soldiers have died and 16 are wounded after insurgents attacked an army unit guarding a military academy in the Afghan capital Kabul. The assault began when a suicide bomber struck the troops before other militants opened fire in an early-morning raid. Islamic State says it was behind the attack near the Marshal Fahim academy, ...

  • Security & Counter Terror Expo 2018: bringing together the international community to enhance global security

    January 29, 2018

    The threat of terrorism continues to have far reaching effects on every day life with a total of 25 terrorist attacks taking place across Europe in 2017. As risk from lone-wolf attacks and sophisticated ransomware increases, security professionals are faced with a growing challenge to evolve and stay one step ahead by investing in new ...

  • Government warns critical industry firms to prepare for cyberattacks

    January 28, 2018

    Organisations are facing fines of up to £17m if they have ineffective cybersecurity measures in place to protect against hackers. Organisations involved in critical industry and essential services have been warned by the Government that they face £17m fines if their cybersecurity preparations are not up to standard. Energy, transport, water, health and digital infrastructure firms could ...

  • Kabul attack: Taliban kill 95 with ambulance bomb in Afghan capital

    January 27, 2018

    A suicide bombing has killed at least 95 people and injured 158 others in the centre of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, officials say. Attackers drove an ambulance laden with explosives past a police checkpoint in a secure zone, home to government offices and foreign embassies. The target is believed to have been an interior ministry building, but many ...

  • First ‘Jackpotting’ Attacks Hit U.S. ATMs

    January 27, 2018

    ATM “jackpotting” — a sophisticated crime in which thieves install malicious software and/or hardware at ATMs that forces the machines to spit out huge volumes of cash on demand — has long been a threat for banks in Europe and Asia, yet these attacks somehow have eluded U.S. ATM operators. But all that changed this week ...

  • Colombia bomb attack kills at least five police, wounds dozens

    January 27, 2018

    An early morning bomb attack outside a police station in Colombia’s coastal city of Barranquilla killed at least five police officers and wounded 42 on Saturday, authorities said. The attack targeted the officers as they gathered in the San Jose neighborhood to receive their orders for the day in what police denounced as an “act of ...

  • How Sanchi’s spill could spread

    January 26, 2018

    The worst tanker oil spill in decades is unfolding across hundreds of miles of the East China Sea after an Iranian oil tanker carrying more than 100,000 tonnes of toxic oil collided with a freighter and exploded, killing all 32 crew onboard. The ship burned, spewing its cargo, for more than a week before sinking ...