News – March 2019

 


  • Wiltshire police chief ‘was unaware ex-spy Sergei Skripal lived in Salisbury’

    March 3, 2019

    The police chief whose officers responded to the nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal has admitted he had no idea the former spy was living in Salisbury. Kier Pritchard, chief constable of Wiltshire, has demanded he be told of any other VIPs who could be at risk. The poisoning happened a year ago, hours before Mr Pritchard ...

  • Faslane nuclear fears after 500 ‘significant’ safety alerts at Trident sub base in a year

    March 3, 2019

    More than 500 “significant” health and safety incidents were recorded at the Faslane nuclear submarine base last year, the Sunday Mail can reveal. Documents released to the SNP under Freedom of Information for the Royal Navy facility near Helensburgh, in Dunbartonshire, show the figure has almost quadrupled since 2014. Last year, there were 481 health and safety incidents at ...

  • More than 50 missing after oil pipeline explosion in Nigeria

    March 2, 2019

    More than 50 people are missing after a leaking oil pipeline exploded and caused a stampede in southern Nigeria, a local official said on Saturday. The blast early on Friday caused massive oil spillage in the Nembe kingdom in Bayelsa state, the Nembe Chiefs Council spokesman, Chief Nengi James-Eriworio, told the Associated Press. The Nembe trunk line is ...

  • The Army wants mobile nuclear reactors for FOBs, but some scientists say that’s ‘naive’

    March 2, 2019

    The Army wants to bring back mobile nuclear reactors to power forward bases and is asking industry how to make that happen. A collection of scientists that closely monitor nuclear issues thinks that the concept is “naive,” dangerous and describes the chances for the current technology to accomplish what the Pentagon wants as “vanishingly small.” In January, the Pentagon’s ...

  • OPCW Issues Fact-Finding Mission Report on Chemical Weapons Use Allegation in Douma, Syria, in 2018

    March 1, 2019

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands —1 March 2019—The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), issued today the final report on the FFM’s investigation regarding the incident of alleged use of toxic chemicals as a weapon in Douma, Syrian Arab Republic, on 7 April 2018. The FFM’s activities regarding this allegation included on-site visits ...

  • Gardaí find weapons and explosives in follow-up search in Co Louth

    March 1, 2019

    Gardaí targeting dissident republicans have uncovered a significant cache of explosives and arms along the border, in what is the second linked operation since the start of February. The operation involved gardaí from the Louth Division and officers from specialist anti-terrorism and firearms units. A controlled explosion of some of the material discovered was conducted by an ...

  • Retail industry endures new point-of-sale cybercrime spree

    March 1, 2019

    Researchers have uncovered an ongoing campaign against retail VMWare Horizon Point-of-Sale (PoS) thin clients. The new attack wave, which has taken place over the past eight to ten weeks, is attempting to spread Cobalt Strike, a legitimate penetration testing tool which has also, unfortunately, been adopted in recent years by threat actors. According to researchers from Morphisec, Cobalt Strike — ...

  • Russia limits operations of foreign communications satellite operators

    March 1, 2019

    This week, the Russian government has published a document outlining new rules that limit foreign communications satellite operators inside the country. According to a copy of the document, the Russian government will require all foreign communications satellite companies to pass all incoming traffic through a ground gateway station. This means satellite operators won’t be able to beam communications ...

  • The Changing Dynamics of Islamist Terrorism in Philippines

    February 28, 2019

    A suicide attack was conducted at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Jolo on January 27, 2019. It was a two-stage attack – the first improvised explosive device (IED) detonated in the middle of the church and the second at the church’s entrance. This attack took the lives of at least 20 ...