News – October 2018

 


  • 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 ...

  • Cathay Pacific Data Breach Highlights A Need To Change Airline Security Focus

    October 25, 2018

    Cathay Pacific has been hit by a data breach affecting 9.4 million passengers of Cathay and Hong Kong Dragon Airlines, a serious exposure that shows—not for the first time—that the focus of airline security can’t be limited to airport terminals and aircraft cabins. First discovered in March, and confirmed in May of this year, the Cathay Pacific ...

  • Critical Infrastructure & Supply Chain Remain Highly Vulnerable to Attacks

    October 24, 2018

    This week, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) reminds us that, “our day-to-day life depends on the country’s 16 sectors of critical infrastructure, which supply food, water, financial services, public health, communications and power along with other networks and systems. A disruption to this system, which is operated via the internet, can have significant and even catastrophic ...

  • Romanian CBRNe Specialists, US Experts Simulate Real WMD Attacks

    October 24, 2018

    CBRN-E Specialists with Romania’s Special Protection and Guard Service (SPP) have joined US experts in drills on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) attacks. According to a SPP news statement released on Wednesday, the SPP chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear or explosive hazard specialists took part, for five days, alongside their counterparts from the other agencies of the ...

  • ‘Explosive device’ sent to Clintons and Obama – US media

    October 24, 2018

    A suspected explosive device was discovered at the New York home of Bill and Hillary Clinton on Wednesday, law enforcement officials tell US media. A suspicious package was also reportedly sent to the office of former President Barack Obama. It comes two days after a bomb was sent to the home of liberal philanthropist and financier George ...

  • Network Rail warns passengers to avoid South Western main line after major fault

    October 24, 2018

    Thousands of rail passengers have experienced severe delays after a major signalling fault on the South Western main line. The operator’s services were already being disrupted by the second day of a five-day walkout by RMT union members when the fault occurred between Woking and Surbiton. Many trains were unable to run through to London Waterloo, while ...

  • FireEye links Russian research lab to Triton ICS malware attacks

    October 24, 2018

    A Russian research laboratory is behind cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure, including on a Saudi petrochemical plant, according to a report published today by US cyber-security firm FireEye. The cyber-attacks took place in 2017 and deployed a never-before-seen malware strain known as Triton –or Trisis– specifically engineered to interact with Schneider Electric’s Triconex Safety Instrumented System (SIS) controllers According to ...

  • More than 20,000 customers ditch TSB after IT migration chaos

    October 24, 2018

    Almost 22,000 customers ditched TSB in the wake of the chaos inflicted on them by the bank’s bungled IT migration, according to industry figures. Statistics released by bank body Bacs, which operates the seven-day current account switch service (Cass), showed 21,790 people left the bank in the second quarter of the year – at the height ...

  • Explosion in Kreuzberg bar amid rising criminal gang activity in Berlin

    October 23, 2018

    At around 4:30am on Monday morning, a group of unidentified assailants smashed a hole in the wall of the bar in Oranienstraße, before placing and detonating an explosive device. Although the bar itself was badly damaged, no-one was injured in the explosion. The police’s Organized Crime Department has been assigned to follow up on the case. While Arabic gang ...

  • NI: Lack of executive hindering fight against paramilitarism

    October 23, 2018

    The lack of political decision making in Northern Ireland has had a major adverse impact on efforts to combat paramilitarism, an independent commission has said. Northern Ireland has been without an executive since January 2017. The Independent Reporting Commission says the continuation of paramilitary activity 20 years after the Good Friday Agreement is unacceptable. The commission’s first report ...

  • TSA’s ‘Biometric Roadmap’ may need more funding under new law, former deputy administrator says

    October 23, 2018

    While the recently passed Transportation Security Administration defines clear pathways to improve security, safeguard the nation’s transportation system, and accelerate the speed of action through smart investments and ...

  • Orange Business Services and Telespazio France Combine Forces to Supply SATCOM Services to the French Ministry of Armed Forces

    October 23, 2018

    The French Joint Directorate for Infrastructure Networks and Information Systems (DIRISI) selected Orange Business Services and Telespazio France to provide several satellite communication capabilities and the associated managed services to all military and state entities involved in this framework agreement. These services will facilitate communications when armed forces are involved in field missions, where end-to-end ...

  • U.S. Begins First Cyberoperation Against Russia Aimed at Protecting Elections

    October 23, 2018

    The United States Cyber Command is targeting individual Russian operatives to try to deter them from spreading disinformation to interfere in elections, telling them that American operatives have identified them and are tracking their work, according to officials briefed on the operation. The campaign, which includes missions undertaken in recent days, is the first known overseas ...

  • Morrisons faces ‘vast’ data leak compensation payment

    October 22, 2018

    Morrisons says it will appeal a decision that leaves it facing a “vast” compensation bill for a data leak. The supermarket chain lost an appeal against a ruling that found it partly liable for the data breach, which saw sensitive details about staff posted on the web. The case goes back to 2014, when a senior auditor ...

  • Virgin Atlantic jet in ‘closest ever’ near-miss with drone on approach to Heathrow

    October 22, 2018

    Ten feet was all that separated a Virgin Atlantic jet from colliding with a high-flying drone in what is thought to have been the closest ever near-miss between one of the gadgets and a commercial airliner, a new report has revealed. The Heathrow-bound B787-9 Dreamliner plane – which would have been carrying as many as 264 ...