News – October 2018

 


  • SA: Inquiry to probe Kempton Park train crash in which 320 were injured

    October 5, 2018

    A board of inquiry would be instituted to probe Thursday night’s train crash at the Van Riebeek Park station near Kempton Park which resulted in over 300 injuries, Metrorail said. In a statement late on Thursday, the state-owned railway company confirmed: “Metrorail train 0659 travelling from Johannesburg Park Station to Pretoria collided from the rear end ...

  • Bug bounty scheme uncovers 150 vulnerabilities in US Marine Corps websites

    October 4, 2018

    Nearly 150 security vulnerabilities have been discovered in US Marine Corps websites and related services during a bug bounty challenge that saw ethical hackers awarded over $150,000. Hack The Marine Corps is the sixth public bounty program by the US Department of Defense (DoD) and bug bounty platform HackerOne. More than 100 ethical hackers took part ...

  • Russia ‘tried to hack Foreign Office’, says British diplomat

    October 4, 2018

    Russian cyber intelligence officers tried to hack the UK’s Foreign Office, a British diplomat has said. Peter Wilson, the UK ambassador in The Hague, said Russian intelligence officers tried to compromise Foreign Office systems with an attack in March. The accusation comes after Dutch security services said they expelled four Russians over a cyber plot against the global chemical ...

  • Nigeria: Ministry trains 40 armed forces, para-military personnel on disease outbreaks

    October 4, 2018

    The Ministry of Defence Health Implementation Programme  (MODHIP) has trained 40 armed forces and para-military health personnel on diseases outbreak investigation and management. Speaking during the training yesterday in Abuja, Director General of the Defence Health Implementation Programme, Brigadier General Nuruddeen Hussain, said that the training was aimed at building the capacity of armed forces and ...

  • US to offer cyberwar capabilities to NATO allies

    October 4, 2018

    Acting to counter Russia’s aggressive use of cyberattacks across Europe and around the world, the U.S. is expected to announce that, if asked, it will use its formidable cyberwarfare capabilities on NATO’s behalf, according to a senior U.S. official. The announcement is expected in the coming days as U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis attends a meeting of NATO defense ministers ...

  • DHS Warns of Cybersecurity Threats to Agriculture Industry

    October 4, 2018

    A new report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security called Threats to Precision Agriculture warns against the cybersecurity risks faced by the emerging technologies being adopted by the agricultural industry. Known as “precision agriculture,” the technologies include internet of things (IoT) devices such as remote sensors and global position systems (GPS) and the communications ...

  • Major drive to devise ‘gold standard’ response to chemical or nuclear emergency

    October 3, 2018

    UK-based experts are spearheading a major drive to revolutionise the response to a large-scale chemical, biological, radioactive or nuclear incident. A team led by researchers from Loughborough University is developing a number of advanced methods to help emergency services around the world tackle a CBRN (chemical, biological, radioactive or nuclear) attack or accident. The new tools include ...

  • DOE Invests $28 Million to Advance Cybersecurity of U.S. Energy Infrastructure

    October 3, 2018

    The U.S. Department of Energy this week announced awards of up to US$28 million to support the research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) of next-generation tools and technologies to improve the cybersecurity and resilience of the nation’s critical energy infrastructure, including the electric grid and oil and natural gas infrastructure. With funding provided by the Office of ...

  • U.S. Senate approves legislation to oversee U.S. air traffic, drones

    October 3, 2018

    Airline passengers can no longer be removed from flights under legislation that passed the Senate on Wednesday, while the government will write new rules to allow commercial drones to deliver packages and get new authority to shoot down dangerous ones. The U.S. Senate on a 93 to 6 vote Wednesday approved a 1,200-page bill overseeing the ...

  • French police officer caught selling confidential police data on the dark web

    October 3, 2018

    A French police officer has been charged and arrested last week for selling confidential data on the dark web in exchange for Bitcoin. The officer worked for Direction Générale de la Sécurité Intérieure (DGSI, translated to General Directorate for Internal Security), a French intelligence agency charged with counter-espionage, counter-terrorism, countering cybercrime and surveillance of potentially threatening ...

  • At least two packages sent to Pentagon suspected to contain ricin, official says

    October 2, 2018

    At least two packages sent to the Pentagon are suspected of containing ricin, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday. The packages never made their way into the Pentagon, but were flagged in a mail delivery building next door, the spokesman said. The FBI has the lead on the investigation, officials told Fox News. “On Monday, ...

  • Libya reopens Tripoli airport again

    October 2, 2018

    Libya has reopened the only functioning airport in the capital Tripoli again after rockets fired in its direction forced a brief closure, officials said on Tuesday, days after flights had resumed following an earlier shutdown. Matiga airport, a former air base used for commercial flights since the main international airport was destroyed in 2014 by militia ...

  • ​NZ customs can now demand phone or laptop passwords

    October 2, 2018

    The New Zealand Customs Service this week received new powers at the country’s borders, including the ability demand a password off a passenger to search their “electronic device”. Customs officers have always been able to search a passenger’s laptop or phone, but the changes to the Customs and Excise Act 2018 now specifies that passengers must hand over ...

  • Suicide Bomber Targets Election Rally In Nangarhar; 13 Killed

    October 2, 2018

    An suicide bomber detonated his explosives at an election campaign rally of a parliamentary candidate in Nangarhar province on Tuesday afternoon. Local officials said the incident took place in Kama district where a candidate, Nasir Mohmand, was hosting dozens of people to explain his plans. Provincial governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said the explosion was a suicide bomb ...

  • Industry backs Norway’s AI powerhouse project

    October 2, 2018

    Norway is stepping up its efforts in the rapidly evolving and increasingly commercial artificial intelligence (AI) sector. Participants in the latest programme want to reduce the country’s reliance on oil revenues by tapping into AI opportunities in its growing technology sector. Norway has traditionally played a junior role in the context of Nordic technology development, investment and ...