News – July 2018

 


  • New Homeland Security Center to Guard Against Cyberattacks

    July 31, 2018

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says the growing cyber threat cannot be underestimated and government and the public must work together to battle it. Nielsen spoke at a cybersecurity summit Tuesday. She announced the creation of the National Risk Management Center at the department. It’s aimed at guarding energy companies, banks and other industries against cyberattacks. ...

  • Australia, Japan join U.S. infrastructure push in Asia

    July 31, 2018

    Australia and Japan have joined the United States in a push to invest in infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific region, at a time when China is spending billions of dollars on its Belt and Road initiative across Asia. The move is part of a broader effort by the United States and its allies to reassert their ...

  • TSA Tests 3-D Airport Scanners That May Let Liquids Stay in Bags

    July 30, 2018

    The nation’s aviation security agency is beginning a test at 15 U.S. airports of new three-dimensional X-ray scanners that may someday allow passengers to bring liquids into their bags. The Transportation Security Administration plans to add as many as 40 units — the same as CT scanners used in the medical world — at additional airports ...

  • Shipping Firm Avoids Customer Data Dump in Last Year’s Hack & Ransom Incident

    July 30, 2018

    UK-based shipping company Clarkson PLC (or Clarksons) has revealed more details about a security breach that took place last year, and during which hackers threatened to release some of the company’s data online if it didn’t pay a ransom demand. The incident isn’t a new revelation, as the company has already come clean about the hack ...

  • Pentagon Circulates Software ‘Do Not Buy’ List

    July 30, 2018

    The US Department of Defence has begun circulating a “do not buy” list of software it considers to have Russian and Chinese connections, in the country’s latest tightening of restrictions on foreign tech influence. The Chinese and Russian governments have called previous US restrictions on companies such as Russian security software firm Kaspersky Lab and Chinese telecoms equipment ...

  • DMARC Compliance Lacking in 28 Percent of .Gov Agencies

    July 30, 2018

    Despite a looming deadline, over a quarter of federal agencies are still not using basic email security tools. ` As phishing ploys continue to take their toll on businesses, federal agencies have yet to fully protect themselves against such attacks with basic defenses like DMARC. With only months to go before the federal Binding Operational Directive ...

  • FCC could be going deeper into energy security

    July 29, 2018

    he Federal Communications Commission could address the needs of the energy grid soon, especially given the increased focus on cybersecurity. “To me it’s a gathering storm,” said Morgan O’Brien, the CEO of pdvWireless, a company that builds private telecom networks for utilities. He sees the electricity sector’s growing reliance on the Internet making it more vulnerable to ...

  • Air marshals have conducted secret in-flight monitoring of U.S. passengers for years

    July 29, 2018

    Federal air marshals have for years been quietly monitoring small numbers of U.S. air passengers and reporting on in-flight behavior considered suspicious, even if those individuals have no known terrorism links, the Transportation Security Administration said on Sunday. Under a sensitive, previously undisclosed program called “Quiet Skies,” the TSA has since 2010 tasked marshals to identify ...

  • Indian airspace witnessed over 90 near misses in three years

    July 28, 2018

    Increasing congestion in Indian airspace resulted in over 90 cases of “near miss” incidents between 2015 and 2018. “Near miss” incidents generally refer to cases where the distance between two airborne planes is less than the prescribed safety limits and could result in mid-air collision. According to data from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the ...

  • Ransomware Attack Cripples Cosco Shipping Network – Report

    July 26, 2018

    A shipping giant is likely to run up in millions of dollars of additional costs after a ransomware attack apparently crippled its US network. The attack was against COSCO (China Ocean Shipping Company), which is a Chinese owned shipping giant. It comes after its larger shipping rival Maersk admitted in August 2017 that its operations had been impacted by ...

  • Poor cybersecurity could destabilise increasingly complex energy grids

    July 26, 2018

    The future of smart energy grids, with automatic management of both supply and demand, is “looking really interesting”, says Phil Kernick, chief technology officer at security firm CQR Consulting. But the current state of the technology and its security is a problem. “The distribution systems and the generation systems were deployed a decade and a half ...

  • US warns of supply chain cyber-attacks

    July 26, 2018

    The US intelligence community has issued a new warning about cyber-espionage risks posed by attacks made via the technology supply chain. A report said China, Russia and Iran were the most capable and active states involved in such economic subterfuge. Software supply chain infiltration had already threatened critical infrastructure, it warned, and was poised to imperil other ...

  • ‘Serious indications’ deadly Greece wildfire was arson

    July 26, 2018

    Public order minister Nikos Toskas said satellite image analysis and ground inspections suggest the fire that broke out on Monday was set deliberately. The blaze struck coastal villages popular with holidaymakers. Most people fled to the safety of the sea with just the clothes on their backs. Read more… Source: Sky News  

  • Beijing blast: Small explosive device set off near US embassy

    July 26, 2018

    A man has set off a small explosive device close to the US embassy in Beijing, officials have confirmed. Apart from the attacker, there were no injuries reported and officials say police responded immediately. Video and images posted on social media show smoke rising from the vicinity of the embassy in the heart of the Chinese capital ...

  • Insecurity: the risk cyber-ignorance poses to airport screening equipment

    July 25, 2018

    Today, the world’s airports have some of the most stringent security processes of any public facility. But while strict physical measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of passengers, staff and infrastructure, the need for network connectivity could leave equipment such as luggage screening machines easy prey to cyberattacks. In 2014, researchers Billy ...