News – December 2018

 


  • Security Threats and Risks in Smart Factories

    December 6, 2018

    Smart factories are manifestations of how the industrial internet of things (IIoT) is changing traditional manufacturing. Organizations in the manufacturing sector already have a basic understanding of what smart factories are as well as their capabilities and the advantages and challenges of building them. A pivotal change to adapt to technological advances like smart factories requires a huge budget, ...

  • Australia now has encryption-busting laws as Labor capitulates

    December 6, 2018

    Labor has backed down completely on its opposition to the Assistance and Access Bill, and in the process has been totally outfoxed by a government that can barely control the floor of Parliament. After proposing a number of amendments to the Bill, which Labor party members widely called out as being inappropriate in the House of Representatives on Thursday ...

  • Police investigating right-wing activity arrest three men on terror charges

    December 6, 2018

    Police investigating extreme right-wing activity in the UK have arrested three men on terrorism charges. Those arrested are a 17-year-old from London, a 21-year-old from Bath and an 18-year-old from Portsmouth. Police said the arrests, made by officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, were pre-planned. Searches are ongoing at properties in Bath, London, Portsmouth and Leeds, ...

  • 02 urgently investigating as data services stop working

    December 6, 2018

    02 is investigating with “high priority” after its data services went down, with tens of millions of users potentially affected. The problem is also affecting customers of Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Lyca Mobile and GiffGaff – which all use 02’s infrastructure. The network said on Thursday morning: “Our technical teams are investigating reports of issues when using ...

  • BT bars Huawei’s 5G kit from core of network

    December 5, 2018

    BT has said it will not use Huawei’s equipment within the heart of its 5G mobile network when it is rolled out in the UK. The British firm, however, still plans to use the Chinese company’s phone mast antennas and other products deemed not to be at the “core” of the service. BT also confirmed that it ...

  • ‘London Blue’ Fraud Group Targets Financial Services Industry

    December 5, 2018

    The group is carrying out targeted financial scams on a large scale, with a hit list of 35,000 chief financial officers in the UK, the US and elsewhere A hacking group called “London Blue” has gathered a list of some 35,000 chief financial officers,  some of whom work for the world’s largest financial services firms, as ...

  • National Republican Congressional Committee Hacked – Emails Exposed

    December 4, 2018

    The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) discovered this April 2018 that they were hacked and an unauthorized third-party had access to the email accounts of four senior aides. This past April, the NRCC’s managed security service provider (MSSP) detected that an unauthorized third-party had access to an NRCC system. They then contacted the FBI and their ...

  • TSA unveils cyber roadmap

    December 4, 2018

    The Transportation Security Administration unveiled a cybersecurity roadmap that it says will not only line it up with current administration cybersecurity efforts, but also expand its collaboration with private commercial critical infrastructure partners. TSA Administrator David Pekoske announced the roadmap that will guide its cybersecurity policy for the next five years in remarks at the American ...

  • Autumn 2018 edition of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Review magazine is now available

    December 4, 2018

    Articles, in-depth analysis and insights from the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, Hungarian Ministry of Defense, Secure Chorus and more. To view contents please visit the following link: Critical Infrastructure Protection Review Autumn 2018 – contents pages or subscribe here. We would like to thank all organisations and authors of the articles for their support and contributions to ...

  • New passenger scanner uses space technology to speed up airport security

    December 4, 2018

    A super-sensitive passenger scanner that reveals hidden security threats is being trialled at Cardiff Airport in the UK. The walk-through scanner, which uses space technology to image human body heat, is the result of a collaboration between Sequestim Ltd. and Cardiff University scientists. Computer learning allows the scanner to distinguish between threats and non-threats but without the ...

  • U.S. Financial Firms to Further Increase Cybersecurity Spending

    December 3, 2018

    U.S. banks and other financial firms are projecting higher spending on cybersecurity as they face bigger threats and more attacks. In a survey of 100 senior security officers, 84 percent said their firms are planning to spend more this year on cybersecurity, up from 78 percent a year ago, data-security provider Thales eSecurity said in a report to ...

  • Australian government announces cybersecurity grants for SMBs

    December 3, 2018

    The Australian Government is aiming to make small businesses feel more secure with the launch of a new $10million cybersecurity initiative today. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews says the grants initiative forms part of the Liberal-National Government’s Cybersecurity Small Business Program. “The Liberal-National Government recognises that confidence in the security of data is vital ...

  • Stolen car explodes in DHA, Karachi

    December 3, 2018

    A stolen car with a bomb installed inside exploded at a vacant plot in Khayaban-e-Mujahid area of Defence Housing Authority in the early hours of Monday. According to reports by DIG South Karachi Javed Odho, the car was installed with a homemade vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) and had been stolen from Jamshed Quarters in the ...

  • Five Middle East States to share sensitive aviation security information

    December 3, 2018

    Following their presentation of working paper entitled “Sharing of Aviation Security Information Between States” at the Second High-level Conference on Aviation Security (HLCAS/2-WP/2), Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and United Arab Emirates have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) in this regard. It is a precursor to the subsequent signing of a Memorandum of ...

  • Riots In Paris: ‘Yellow Vests’ Violence, Vandalism And Chaos Hitting Tourism

    December 2, 2018

    The violent turn taken on Saturday by street protesters known as the “Gilet Jaunes” (Yellow Vests) due to their fluorescent outerwear and who have been demonstrating for two weeks against gas taxes and rising cost of living, forced the evacuation of tourist shopping meccas including the department stores known as the Grandes Magasins (Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, Bon Marche) as well as other ...