News – October 2018

 


  • Coming soon: Better collaboration, sharing with U.S. allies, IC CIO Sherman says

    October 31, 2018

    The U.S. intelligence community is working to improve collaboration and communication with its Five Eyes allies and beyond. Intelligence community CIO John Sherman plans “in just a couple weeks” to convene CIOs from Five Eyes allied nations — Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom — “to work through some of these issues” concerning intelligence collaboration ...

  • New Report Highlights U.S. Natural Gas Industry’s Leadership in Protecting America’s Critical Infrastructure from Cyberattacks

    October 31, 2018

    The American Petroleum Institute (API), the Natural Gas Council (NGC) and the wider membership the Oil and Natural Gas Subsector Coordinating Council (ONG SCC) – the official body representing the operators of natural gas and oil infrastructure to federal agencies involved in industry-related security – released a report today titled, “Defense-in-Depth: Cybersecurity in the Natural ...

  • Feds: Chinese spies orchestrated massive hack that stole aviation secrets

    October 31, 2018

    Federal prosecutors on Tuesday unsealed charges that accused two Chinese government intelligence officers and eight alleged co-conspirators of conducting sustained computer intrusions into 13 companies in an attempt to steal designs for a turbofan engine used in commercial jetliners. A 21-page indictment filed in US District Court in the Southern District of California said the Jiangsu Province Ministry ...

  • US-CERT issues guide on how to properly dispose of your electronic devices

    October 31, 2018

    Over the past few years, there have been numerous reports, and studies about how second-hand devices that have been put up for sale still contained information from previous owners, exposing those individuals to scams, blackmailing, or identity theft. This week, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), a division part of the Department of Homeland ...

  • Arkhangelsk FSB blast: 17-year-old carried bomb to agency’s premises, killed in explosion

    October 31, 2018

    A teenager brought an explosive device to the Federal Security Service’s (FSB) Directorate for the Arkhangelsk Region and was killed in the explosion, the Russian Investigative Committee reported. The explosion occurred at 08:52 Moscow time near an entrance to the FSB directorate. “According to preliminary information, a 17-year-old local was killed, who had brought a home-made ...

  • Plane Crash Refocuses Discussion on Indonesian Air Security

    October 31, 2018

    The crash of a Lion Air jet carrying 189 people in Indonesia is again raising discussions about the country’s air safety, which once had a poor reputation but has improved markedly in recent years. Just 13 minutes after taking off from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta to the city Pangkal Pinang in the Bangka-Belitung province, the ...

  • Thousands of critical energy and water systems exposed online for anyone to exploit

    October 30, 2018

    While you likely don’t stop to think about water or energy industries when you grab a drink of water or flip on the lights, you would definitely notice if your electricity or water stopped working. You might not know why they stopped working at first, but since critical infrastructure is connected online, then it’s not outside ...

  • Quantum computing, AI, cyber and blockchain get boost from Hammond’s Budget

    October 30, 2018

    Quantum computing, artificial intelligence (AI), cyber security and blockchain were the ‘winners’ in terms of technologies to benefit from Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Budget yesterday. While Hammond’s Budget speech only skated over technologies, the accompanying Budget Red Book gave details of future funding for a range of emerging technologies. A reference in the Red Book said, “The Budget sets out ...

  • Twenty-five people killed in Afghanistan army helicopter crash

    October 30, 2018

    Twenty-five people have been killed after an Afghan army helicopter crashed in bad weather. The crash happened in the western Farah province, which borders Iran. All 25 people on board were killed, including the deputy commander of the western zone, a provincial spokesman said. General Naimudullah Khalil died alongside two members of the Farah provincial council, including chairman ...

  • Millions of Voter Records Up for Sale Ahead of the US Midterm Elections

    October 30, 2018

    As the US midterm elections close in, the underground markets appear to be flush with voter databases available for affordable prices. Voter information is rich with details that could help an attacker learn enough about the victim to steal their identity. Cybersecurity company Carbon Black, at least one market on the dark web lists for sale voter ...

  • Chemical terrorism: developing a global security network

    October 29, 2018

    International experts working to counter the threat of chemical and explosive terrorism are gathering to develop a comprehensive network to improve global chemical safety and security. With increasingly sophisticated methods and technologies used to carry out devastating atrocities, this first Global Congress on Chemical Security and Emerging Threats convenes a new community working to counter chemical ...

  • Female suicide bomber wounds 9 in Tunisia’s capital

    October 29, 2018

    A female suicide bomber wounded nine people, mostly police officers, on a busy avenue in Tunisia’s capital on Monday afternoon, authorities said. The 30-year-old woman set off the blast in Tunis just before 2 p.m. on Habib Bourguiba avenue, according to Interior Ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag, quoted by the TAP news agency. The Interior Ministry said in ...

  • Statement on the FBI’s Investigation of Suspicious Packages

    October 25, 2018

    Between October 22 and 24, 2018, suspicious packages were received at multiple locations in the New York and Washington, D.C., areas and Florida. The packages are being sent for analysis at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia. “This investigation is of the highest priority for the FBI. We have committed the full strength of the FBI’s ...

  • DOE Launches Water Security Grand Challenge

    October 25, 2018

    Today, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the launch of the Water Security Grand Challenge, a White House initiated, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water. “Through this Grand Challenge, we will advance technology and innovation to meet the ...

  • UK refusal to cooperate with Belgian hacking inquiry condemned

    October 25, 2018

    The UK government has been accused of endangering diplomatic relations with Belgium after its “exceptional” refusal to cooperate with an inquiry into GCHQ’s alleged hacking of Belgacom, the country’s biggest telecoms company. For at least two years ending in 2013, the British intelligence service was probably spying within the state-owned company’s networks on the instruction of UK ...