News – October 2018

 


  • GreyEnergy: New malware campaign targets critical infrastructure companies

    October 17, 2018

    The hacking group which took down Ukrainian power grids is systematically targeting critical infrastructure in Ukraine and beyond in what security researchers believe could be cyber espionage and reconnaissance ahead of future attacks. Dubbed GreyEnergy by researchers at ESET, the group is believed to have been active over the last three years and to be linked to ...

  • Experts warn of growing maritime cyber-security threats

    October 17, 2018

    The global maritime industry must do more to protect shipping firms against growing cyber-security threats, experts said yesterday at the opening of a maritime innovation centre. An important first step is to create awareness and encourage the reporting of incidents, said Mr Mark Milford, vice-president in charge of cyber security at Finnish technology firm Wartsila. “There is ...

  • WHO: Ebola in DRC Is Not a Global Health Emergency

    October 17, 2018

    An emergency committee convened by the World Health Organization has decided that the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo does not constitute a public health emergency of international concern. The WHO said Wednesday that 216 cases of Ebola and 139 deaths had been reported, and its International Health Regulations Emergency Committee said the ...

  • How Shodan helps identify ICS cybersecurity vulnerabilities

    October 17, 2018

    An industrial control system is essentially a collection of computers that monitor and control industrial systems. They make the world move and help with everything from food processing to transportation to running the espresso maker at your local Starbucks. The challenge is an industrial control system (ICS) can be readily attacked by advanced persistent threat groups, ...

  • Paddington station closure: Major disruption after power lines damaged by Hitachi train test

    October 17, 2018

    Trains were unable to run in and out of Paddington during rush hour after a test train damaged 500m of electric wires. National Rail said 500m of overhead electric wires were “extensively damaged” at about 10pm on Tuesday evening, stopping trains running in and out of the west London hub for several hours into Wednesday morning. The ...

  • Hostage safe after Cologne railway station drama

    October 15, 2018

    German police say they now have an armed assailant at Cologne’s main railway station “under control” and the woman he took hostage is receiving medical treatment. She had minor injuries from the incident but he is reported to have serious injuries. There was a full evacuation of the station, one of Germany’s biggest transport hubs. Local media say ...

  • U.S. Military units in Okinawa conduct Joint, Bilateral CBRN Training

    October 15, 2018

    Interoperability is at forefront of joint and bilateral partnerships. In an effort to increase contingency readiness; Soldiers, Marines, and Airmen stationed in Okinawa conducted a joint and bilateral Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) combined training exercise on Combat Town, Camp Hansen, Oct. 10-11, 2018. The two day CBRN training exercise built upon previously joint/bilateral field ...

  • In County Crippled by Hurricane, Water Utility Targeted in Ransomware Attack

    October 15, 2018

    The Emotet Trojan is behind a crippling ransomware attack that hit the Onslow Water and Sewer Authority. A “critical water utility” has been targeted in a recent ransomware attack, significantly impeding its ability to provide service in the week after Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast of the U.S. The Onslow Water and Sewer Authority (ONWASA) said ...

  • Montana National Guard responds during attack drill

    October 15, 2018

    Some Montana National Guard members learned the procedure is to run, hide and then fight in the event of a terrorist attack on the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Center in Billings. The 190th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion went through a drill on Sunday morning that featured a simulated attack where a woman detonated a suicide vest. The 190th soldiers are ...

  • MoD secrets exposed in dozens of cyber security breaches

    October 15, 2018

    Ministry of Defence secrets were exposed in dozens of breaches of military cyber security policy last year, as hostile nations and spy agencies continue to probe the UK’s defence sector. Heavily redacted reports obtained by Sky News have revealed that the MoD and its partners failed to protect military and defence data in 37 incidents in ...

  • Three large Dutch banks dependent on one cyber security firm: report

    October 15, 2018

    he three large Dutch banks – ING, ABN Amro and Rabobank – are largely dependent on only one company for cyber security against DDoS attacks. The cyber security firm in question is the American company Akamai, which counts 18 of the world’s 30 largest banks as its customers, Financieele Dagblad reports. The Netherlands’ bureau for economic policy ...

  • Facial Recognition Is Coming to an Airport Security Lane Near You

    October 15, 2018

    Someday soon you may not have to show a driver’s license or passport at the airport security lane in the U.S. The Transportation Security Administration on Monday unveiled a multistep plan to make increased use of facial recognition and other biometric identification tools to improve accuracy and speed wait times. TSA, which has tested biometric systems in ...

  • Harris, L3 Technologies Announce Merger Plan

    October 14, 2018

    Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies Inc. said Sunday they will combine in the largest-ever defense industry merger, as the Pentagon expands budgets with an eye toward increased investment by contractors and quicker weapons development. The deal, first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Saturday, would unite two companies with a combined market value of about $33.5 billion. With a ...

  • Pentagon discloses card breach

    October 13, 2018

    Pentagon official said on Friday that the Department of Defense had suffered a security breach thanks to a third-party contractor. An investigation is still underway, so the exact details haven’t been made public, but according to an Associated Press report, a DOD official said that roughly 30,000 DOD military and civilian personnel are believed to be affected. ...

  • High-speed German train bursts into flames between Cologne and Frankfurt

    October 12, 2018

    A fire in an ICE train on the Frankfurt-Cologne high-speed railway line has triggered a major rescue operation and led to the closure of one of the most important arteries in German rail traffic. The fire broke out on the train, which was reportedly travelling from Cologne to Frankfurt, on Friday morning around 6:30am, near the ...