News – August 2018

 


  • Russia downs 4th armed drone in 3 days targeting its Khmeimim air base in Syria

    August 11, 2018

    A drone, apparently carrying explosives, has been downed on approach to Russia’s Khmeimim air base in Syria from the militant-held de-escalation zone in Idlib, becoming the fourth such incident in three days, the military said. Russian air defense systems deployed at Khmeimim detected and neutralized the target early Saturday, the head of the Russian Center for ...

  • Fans warned to expect ‘overt’ anti-terror measures at football stadiums

    August 10, 2018

    Police are seeking the help of football fans in tackling terrorism and are asking them to be vigilant at matches. Officers say stadiums could be targeted as extremists seek out crowded places to attack. Chief Superintendent Nick Aldworth said: “We know from what we’ve seen on the ground, and also from terrorist rhetoric, that they are interested ...

  • Smart city systems are riddled with critical security vulnerabilities

    August 9, 2018

    IBM has discovered 17 zero-day vulnerabilities in smart city systems which could debilitate core services. At the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas on Monday, the cybersecurity firm’s X-Force Red team of penetration testers and hackers demonstrated how old-school threats are placing the cities of the future at risk in the present day. Smart city technology spending ...

  • Security flaws let hackers hit in-flight and at sea WiFi

    August 8, 2018

    Multiple deployed satellite communications (SATCOM) products have security flaws, according to IOActive researcher Ruben Santamarta, who will present research in the field Wednesday at the cybersecurity conference Black Hat. The systems are used in everything from airplane in-flight WiFi and entertainment systems to communications on ships. Santamarta found vulnerable systems in both. Show less: “We are talking about major ...

  • Manufacturing a Top Target for Espionage

    August 8, 2018

    When it comes to cyberattack-related reconnaissance and lateral movement activity, the manufacturing industry exhibits higher than normal rates. That’s according to Vectra’s 2018 Spotlight Report on Manufacturing, which crunched data from more than 4 million devices and workloads from customer cloud, data center and enterprise environments. It determined that attackers who evade perimeter security at factories ...

  • Facial recognition tech to be used on Olympians and staff at Tokyo 2020

    August 7, 2018

    Automated facial recognition systems from Japanese biz NEC will be used on staffers and athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The technology – which is not without its detractors in the UK – was demonstrated at a media event in the city today. It will require athletes, staff, volunteers and the press to submit their photographs before ...

  • Health Care Data of 2 Million People in Mexico Exposed Online

    August 7, 2018

    A MongoDB database was exposed online that contained health care information for 2 million patients in Mexico. This data included information such as the person’s full name, gender, date of birth, insurance information, disability status, and home address. The database was discovered by security researcher Bob Diachenko via Shodan, which is a search engine for all Internet connected devices and not just web ...

  • Pentagon Bans GPS Fitness Apps, Says They’re ‘Significant Risk’ To Troops

    August 7, 2018

    After concerns were raised earlier this year, the Pentagon has banned military troops and other workers at sensitive sites from using fitness trackers and other applications that can reveal the user’s location. In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, the Pentagon says that apps using a device’s GPS function represent a risk to military activities ...

  • Can you recover the power grid after a cyberattack? The Department of Energy finds out

    August 6, 2018

    The US Department of Energy (DoE) is planning a “hands-on” test of the real-world consequences associated with successful cyberattacks against core country services. Cyberattacks levied against critical infrastructure, smart grids, and utilities are not a future possibility; but rather, they are happening now. Ukraine’s power grid blackout in 2016 was one of the first real indicators that ...

  • Footage ‘shows moment drone bomb exploded over Presidential rally in Venezuela’

    August 6, 2018

    Footage has emerged which appears to show the moment a drone bomb detonated over a packed rally where Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was giving a speech. The video, which has been widely shared by Venezuelan social media accounts, shows a single drone hovering above the military parade – before suddenly exploding into a fireball. Venuzuelan officials have claimed dissidents used ...

  • Lombok quake: Thousands evacuated after dozens die on Indonesia island

    August 6, 2018

    Some 10,000 people have been evacuated on the Indonesian island of Lombok after a powerful 6.9 magnitude quake on Sunday left more than 90 people dead. Witnesses spoke of chaos and terror as buildings collapsed and power and communication lines were cut. Boats have been sent to evacuate more than 1,000 tourists from the nearby Gili islands. Read ...

  • Honeytrap hacker attempted to steal RAF fighter jet secrets using Tinder

    August 5, 2018

    A honeytrap hacker attempted to steal secrets about Britain’s stealth fighter jets through Tinder, it has emerged as the  Armed Forces are warned over their use of online dating. An RAF airwoman’s dating profile was hijacked by a suspected spy who then got in touch with another RAF serviceman to try and sweet talk details of the  F-35 stealth fighter ...

  • Saudi Arabia resumes oil exports through Red Sea lane

    August 4, 2018

    Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia said on Saturday it has resumed all oil shipments through the strategic Red Sea shipping lane of Bab al-Mandeb. Saudi Arabia halted temporarily oil shipments through the lane on July 25 after attacks on two oil tankers by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement. A statement by the Energy Ministry said shipments had resumed ...

  • Delhi’s IGI airport to have bomb resistant, LMG-mounted bullet proof vehicles to counter attacks

    August 3, 2018

    To counter vehicular and lone-wolf attackers inside and near the periphery of the Delhi airport, authorities are procuring a fleet of bullet proof vehicles for airport security. They will be handed over to the CISF’s Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs), trained to be the first responders in a crisis situation. The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), ...

  • Two arrested after packages containing mystery fluid delivered to hospitals

    August 3, 2018

    Counter-terror officers are investigating after several suspicious packages containing unknown fluids were sent to hospitals across the UK. Metropolitan Police said they were alerted to reports of the packages being received and were now assessing them. However, they said none of them so far had contained anything hazardous. In a statement, the force confirmed it had been alerted ...