News – October 2018

 


  • UK Government to introduce new regulations for smart energy appliances

    October 22, 2018

    The government is planning to introduce regulations for smart energy appliances like fridges, electric heating, air conditioning and battery storage in the UK. It is part of its plans to encourage the uptake of smart appliances, to ensure there is “adequate protection” against potential risks associated with smart appliances and – as regulatory approaches are planned internationally – to avoid ...

  • Nigeria: Pipeline Vandalism – Security Operatives Arrest 59, Seizes 391,150 Liters of Petrol

    October 22, 2018

    With the resurgence of vandalism especially around key products holding and distribution infrastructure in the south west, from where petroleum products are distributed across other parts of the country, through pipelines, security agencies have beefed up 24 hour surveillance across critical oil and gas facilities to stop further acts of vandalisation which is likely to ...

  • Rebels in Congo Kill 15 and Abduct Children in Area of Ebola Outbreak

    October 21, 2018

    Congolese rebels have killed 15 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack in the center of the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, Congo’s military said Sunday. The violence threatened to again force the suspension of efforts to contain the virus. The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo was declared on ...

  • At least 22 dead and 171 injured as train overturns in Taiwan

    October 21, 2018

    At least 22 people have died and 171 are injured after a train derailed and overturned on a coastal railway in Taiwan. Some of the victims were crushed to death during the accident in Yilan county, which saw all eight carriages come off the tracks and five of them flip over. The Puyuma express train was travelling ...

  • Suicide bomber kills 15 at Afghanistan election polling station

    October 20, 2018

    At least 15 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a Kabul polling station during an Afghan parliamentary election rocked by violence. Ten civilians and five policeman were killed, and more than 25 people injured, when a bomber tried to enter the school-based station – bringing the total reported killed or injured on election ...

  • Gran Tierra oil pipeline in Colombia damaged by bomb: army

    October 19, 2018

    A pipeline owned by Canadian oil company Gran Tierra Energy in southern Colombia was damaged on Friday by a bomb blast triggered by an unidentified armed group, an attack that caused a fire and oil spill, a senior military chief said. The attack took place in the rural area of ​​Villagarzon, in southern Putumayo near the ...

  • San Francisco: Evacuation Lifted After California Gas Pipeline Scare

    October 18, 2018

    Emergency crews extinguished a fire burning dangerously close to a Chevron underground natural gas pipeline Thursday and lifted an evacuation order that had forced some 4,000 residents from their homes the night before. Contra Costa County deputy fire chief Lewis Broschard told reporters that all evacuation orders were lifted as of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, about 15 ...

  • EDSO and ENCS commit to lead Europe’s smart grids cyber protection

    October 18, 2018

    The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) and European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO) have committed to take active leadership on Europe’s smart grids cyber protection. The organisations took the pledge at their joint smart grid cyber security event held in Brussels, Belgium. At the event, nearly 100 participants explored the challenges of smart grids ...

  • Kandahar Police Chief Raziq Killed In Attack

    October 18, 2018

    Sources say Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq was killed in an attack after a high-profile meeting in Kandahar Thursday afternoon. The incident happened when officials were leaving the governor’s office and while on their way to a helipad. Among those who had been at the meeting was Gen. Austin Scott Miller, Resolute Support Commander and other ...

  • Ireland vulnerable to cybersecurity attack, says industry leader

    October 18, 2018

    The Government has been urged to appoint a cybersecurity “tsar” to ensure the State is adequately prepared to deal with potential attacks. The call by one of the State’s leading IT security experts comes amid growing concern Ireland could be caught off-guard by a cybersecurity attack, due to a lack of joined-up thinking on the issue and a ...

  • 29 states hit by outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella linked to raw chicken

    October 18, 2018

    The CDC announced that 92 people in 29 states have been sickened in an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella linked to raw chicken products. According to the agency, 21 people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. Antibiotic resistance testing showed that the outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis is resistant to multiple antibiotics, including common first-line treatments ciprofloxacin and ...

  • FERC Finalizes Cybersecurity Standards for Grid Supply Chain

    October 18, 2018

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved new mandatory reliability standards Thursday to deal with cybersecurity risks to the supply chain management for the U.S. bulk electric system. FERC’s final rule approves standards proposed by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. These critical infrastructure protection (CIP-013-1) standards deal with supply chain risk management for industrial control system ...

  • Aberdeenshire: Farm locked down after mad cow disease found

    October 18, 2018

    A case of BSE, also known as mad cow disease, has been confirmed on a farm in Aberdeenshire, the Scottish government has said. Precautionary movement restrictions have been put in place at the farm, while further investigations are carried out to identify the origin of the disease. A statement from the Scottish government has said this is ...

  • Afghan election candidate killed by bomb under office chair

    October 17, 2018

    An Afghan lawmaker contesting this week’s parliamentary elections was among four people killed on Wednesday by a bomb planted under his office chair, officials said, in an attack claimed by Taliban militants. Abdul Jabar Qahraman was killed as he prepared for Saturday’s election, a senior government official said, becoming the 10th candidate killed in the past ...

  • ​Facial recognition tech allows passengers to clear airport security in Shanghai

    October 17, 2018

    Passengers checking into flights at Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport can now use their face to prove their identity thanks to the rollout of facial recognition technology. The airport this week unveiled self-service kiosks for flight and baggage check-in, security clearance, and boarding powered by facial recognition technology. The rollout forms part of an ambitious country-wide rollout of ...