News – June 2017

 


  • Glasgow terror attack transformed flying forever

    June 30, 2017

    The failed terrorist attack on Glasgow Airport ten years ago was a watershed in terminal security that has permanently changed the way we fly. Initial shock at the unprecedented assault on a Scottish airport was swiftly followed by far-reaching measures that were copied across the globe. Glasgow’s terminal re-opened just 24 hours after two men crashed a ...

  • Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport improves in security measures with new device

    June 30, 2017

    stanbul’s Atatürk Airport has started using a new generation explosives detection system known as ClearScan on a trial basis. The high-throughput explosives detection system is capable of detecting solid, liquid or layer explosives and is designed to meet new regulatory and operational requirements for screening cabin bags. It was installed in response to the recent security measures ...

  • Telco national security Bill should pass after clarifications: Intelligence Committee

    June 30, 2017

    The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Bill is set to be waved through Australian Parliament with a bipartisan report stating that after a number of clarifications, it should become law. The Bill forces telco carriers and carriage service providers (CSPs) to “do their best” to protect their networks from unauthorised access or interference for the purpose ...

  • Large–Scale Vehicle–Borne Improvised Explosive Device Testing

    June 29, 2017

    In July of 2016, a refrigerator truck packed with explosives detonated next to a crowded apartment block in Baghdad’s Karrada neighborhood. The blast killed 323 people and was one of the worst Vehicle–Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED also known as car bombs) attacks ever recorded.  On May 30, 2017, a VBIED in a tanker truck ...

  • DHS Has Fully Implemented Its Chemical Security Expedited Approval Program, and Participation to Date Has Been Limited

    June 29, 2017

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fully implemented the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Expedited Approval Program in June 2015 and reported to Congress on the program in August 2016, as required by the Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014 (CFATS Act of 2014). DHS’s expedited program guidance identifies specific ...

  • Global shipping feels fallout from Maersk cyber attack

    June 29, 2017

    Global shipping is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack that hit A.P. Moller-Maersk two days ago, showing the scale of the damage a computer virus can unleash on the technology dependent and inter-connected industry. About 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea, with ships and ports acting as the arteries of the ...

  • NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

    June 29, 2017

    A lack of accountability and investment in cyber-security has been blamed for the recent WannaCrypt virus that hobbled multiple hospital NHS IT systems last month in England, a report by The Chartered Institute for IT concludes. The report, published today, comes following a similar, but more limited attack against UK-based companies as the result of the ...

  • Security researcher creates ‘vaccine’ against ransomware attack

    June 28, 2017

    A vaccination for the global cyber attack that infected thousands of machines in dozens of countries has been discovered by an American security researcher. The simple antidote to the Petya ransomware, which stops computers from being able to launch and demands a $300 (£234) payment, uses an empty folder to block the virus from working. It could prevent further ...

  • U.S. senators seek military ban on Kaspersky Lab products amid FBI probe

    June 28, 2017

    U.S. senators sought on Wednesday to ban Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab’s products from use by the military because of fears the company is vulnerable to “Russian government influence,” a day after the FBI interviewed several of its U.S. employees as part of a probe into its operations. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents visited the ...

  • Britain prepared to use air strikes or send in troops as retaliation against future cyber attack

    June 28, 2017

    Britain could launch military retaliation such as air strikes against a future cyber attack, the Defence Secretary has suggested. Sir Michael Fallon warned potential attackers that a strike on UK systems “could invite a response from any domain – air, land, sea or cyberspace”. The Defence Secretary said the UK’s ability to carry out its own cyber ...

  • Petya cyber attack: Ransomware spreads across Europe with firms in Ukraine, Britain and Spain shut down

    June 27, 2017

    Major firms, airports and government departments in Ukraine have been struck by a massive cyber attack which began to spread across Europe on Tuesday afternoon. In Ukraine, government departments, the central bank, a state-run aircraft manufacturer,  the airport in Kiev and  the metro network have all been paralysed by the hack. In the UK, the advertising firm WPP said ...

  • HMS Queen Elizabeth is ‘running outdated Windows XP’, raising cyber attack fears

    June 27, 2017

    Fears have been raised that Britain’s largest ever warship could be vulnerable to cyber attacks after it emerged it appears to be running the outdated Microsoft Windows XP. As HMS Queen Elizabeth left its dockyard for the first time to begin sea trials, it was revealed the £3.5billion aircraft carrier is apparently using the same software that left the NHS exposed. Screens ...

  • American Airlines and Analogic Corporation Announce Partnership to Enhance Aviation Security

    June 27, 2017

    American Airlines and Analogic Corp. announced a joint partnership that will greatly expand the use of Computed tomography (CT) technology at airports worldwide. State-of-the-art CT checkpoint technology that successfully completes the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) certification and qualification process is expected to provide an enhanced level of detection for aviation security officials. This technology provides ...

  • Oil & Gas Industry Faces More Frequent & Sophisticated Cyber Attacks: Deloitte

    June 27, 2017

    Three out of four oil and natural gas companies fell victim to at least one cyber attack last year as hacking efforts against the industry become more frequent and sophisticated. That’s the finding from a report released Monday by industry consultant Deloitte LLP. Technology advances, such as Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s recent control of operations in Argentina ...

  • Ukrainian military intelligence officer killed by car bomb in Kiev

    June 27, 2017

    A high-ranking Ukrainian military intelligence official has been killed by a car bomb in Kiev in what authorities are calling an act of terrorism. An explosive device destroyed the Mercedes being driven by Col Maksim Shapoval at 8.15am local time, police said. The car’s bonnet was blown open and its roof and driver side door almost completely ...