News – December 2018

 


  • Critical Bug Patched in Schneider Electric Vehicle Charging Station

    December 24, 2018

    Vulnerability in electric car charging stations could allow attackers to compromise devices. Schneider Electric is warning about a critical vulnerability in its EVLink Parking devices – a line of electric vehicle charging stations. The energy management and automation giant said the vulnerability is tied to a hard-coded credential bug that exists within the device that could ...

  • Resurgent Al-Qaeda plan new series of spectacular attacks against airliners and airports

    December 23, 2018

    The terrorist group behind the world trade centre attacks in New York in 2001 are plotting a series of deadly new attacks that are ‘keeping ministers awake at night’. Security Minister Ben Wallace said that Al-Qaeda are planning the attacks on airports and airliners, and even plan to use explosive-packed drones to take down targets in a bid ...

  • India authorizes 10 agencies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt citizens’ data

    December 21, 2018

    On Thursday, the Indian government gave ten agencies the legal authority “to intercept, monitor or decrypt information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer.” The order, approved on December 20 by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, is an expansion of India’s IT Act of 2000 and effectively gives the Indian government the legal power ...

  • Gatwick flights resume as drones disappear

    December 21, 2018

    Gatwick has released a statement: “Gatwick’s runway is currently available having reopened at 06:00. A limited number of aircraft are taking off and landing at Gatwick this morning but our departures and arrivals rate is currently very restricted to just a few runway movements every hour so passengers must expect delays and cancellations again today. Gatwick ...

  • Army bomb squad called to remove two explosive devices from property in Louth, Ireland

    December 20, 2018

    The Army Bomb Disposal Team has removed two explosive devices from a property in Louth. The team was called to a house in Drogheda yesterday evening to remove the improvised explosive devices, following a request from gardaí. The team arrived at the property at 6.00pm and evacuated a number of houses in the area to ensure the ...

  • Hunt for Gatwick drone pilot as tens of thousands are left stranded and all flights in and out suspended

    December 20, 2018

    Gatwick Airport is closed today after one or more drones were deliberately flown over the runway causing complete chaos for tens of thousands of people trying to get away for Christmas. Dozens of police officers are now hunting for the pilot who managed to shut down Britain’s second busiest airport and are considering whether to use a sniper ...

  • Goodbye, X-ray scanners: US airports using 3D machines to snoop into bags

    December 20, 2018

    New technology at airport security checkpoints is poised to greet some of the more than 40 million people who will board flights over the next two-and-a-half weeks. The multi-faceted approach the Transportation Security Administration, the federal agency that oversees aviation safety, uses to prevent a dangerous situation from unfolding at 40,000 feet or inside the airport ...

  • Aeroflot registers own breed of sniffer dogs

    December 20, 2018

    Aeroflot has registered its own Shalaika breed of sniffer dogs with the Russian Cynological Federation. The official presentation of the dogs took place at Sheremetyevo International Airport’s Terminal B and was attended by the breeder of the Shalaika dogs, Klim Sulimov, and members of the cynology community. The dogs were presented by Aeroflot’s Deputy Head of Aviation Security ...

  • NASA discloses data breach

    December 19, 2018

    The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) admitted today to getting hacked earlier this year. In an internal memo sent to all employees, the agency said that an unknown intruder gained access to one of its servers storing the personal data of current and former employees. Social Security numbers were also compromised, NASA said. The agency ...

  • Russia’s Embassy in London website targeted in cyberattack

    December 18, 2018

    The website of the Russian Embassy in the UK was targeted by hackers. The mission says there are grounds to believe that the attack originated from Britain. The embassy apologized to internet users after the operations of its website were disrupted by a cyberattack in the late afternoon on Monday. The Russian mission’s page was “brutally hacked,” it ...

  • U.S. DoD doesn’t keep track of duplicate or obsolete software

    December 18, 2018

    The US Marine Corps, the Navy, and the Air Force are not keeping track of their software inventories, according to a report released today by the US Department of Defense Inspector General (DOD IG). Auditors said management at many services part of these three military branches “did not consistently rationalize their software applications” leading to situations where they ...

  • Cyber security breaches rising across UK defence sector

    December 18, 2018

    UK defence secrets are increasingly being exposed to hostile nation states after the number of security breaches in the sector rose this year. Heavily-redacted records obtained by Sky News show an increase in incidents reported to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) between January and October compared to the same period in 2017. Sky News previously revealed the ...

  • Bomb explosion rips through Athens TV station

    December 17, 2018

    A bomb explosion ripped through the offices of Greek television station Skai TV in Athens in the early hours of Monday morning. No injuries were reported, however, the force of the blast caused “extensive damage” to the station, Skai TV reported. Two other broadcast stations, Zougla.gr and ANT1, said they received anonymous phone calls at 1.45 a.m. local time, warning that a ...

  • Houses evacuated after improvised explosive device found in Co Meath, Ireland

    December 17, 2018

    An improvised explosive device has been found and made safe in Co Meath. Gardaí called the Defence Force’s bomb squad to the scene at Brews Hill in Navan in the early hours of this morning. After arriving at the scene at around 3:20am, the bomb disposal team discovered a ‘viable IED’ in a vehicle. A public cordon was ...

  • TechFlow Gets $968M DHS Contract for Explosive Detection Tech Maintenance Support

    December 16, 2018

    TechFlow has received a potential five-year, $967.9M contract from the Department of Homeland Security to maintain and provide logistics support for explosive detection systems. A FedBizOpps notice posted Thursday says the contract covers preventive maintenance; calibration and test equipment; radiation surveys; tools; parts obsolescence; and supply support for detection platforms deployed at Transportation Security Administration-run airports and other facilities. Contract work began on ...