News – June 2018

 


  • A massive cache of law enforcement personnel data has leaked

    June 29, 2018

    A data breach at a federally funded active shooter training center has exposed the personal data of thousands of US law enforcement officials, ZDNet has learned. The cache of data contained identifiable information on local and state police officers, and federal agents, who sought out or underwent active shooter response training in the past few years. The backend ...

  • New Competition: ‘Airport Vehicle Checkpoint Screening’

    June 29, 2018

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is launching a new competition on behalf of the Future Aviation Security Solutions programme (FASS) focusing on vehicle checkpoint (VCP) screening at airports. This competition is focusing on new solutions to the challenge of vehicle checkpoint (VCP) screening at airports, in order to prevent explosives, weapons and other threats from ...

  • Hotels, airlines and travel sites battle bot attacks

    June 27, 2018

    Hotels, airlines, cruises and travel sites are under siege from crooks using fake or stolen account details to try to access accounts. Hackers have been using stolen or leaked account details to attempt to log into accounts, using botnets to deliver attacks at industrial scale, according to research by Akamai. Read more… Source: ZDNet  

  • There’s a new £13.5m government-backed London office for cyber security innovation opening today at Plexal

    June 26, 2018

    The London Office for Rapid Cyber security Advancement (LORCA) has officially opened its doors today in East London. Launched by digital secretary Matt Hancock, LORCA will be run by tech innovation centre Plexal, located on the Here East digital campus inside Plexal City. The government-backed £13.5m centre will help the UK’s newest cyber security startups on their ...

  • Bye bye, boarding pass: US airport launches first-ever security checkpoints that scan your face

    June 24, 2018

    No wallet. No boarding pass. No phone. No problem. Americans are just a few years away from being able to show up at the airport with nothing but a suitcase in hand. By as early as 2020, Americans will be able to travel by plane without any paper or digital documents thanks to major technological innovations ...

  • Zimbabwe blast rocks stadium in apparent assassination attempt on President

    June 24, 2018

    Zimbabwe’s government is calling an explosion Saturday an assassination attempt on President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was holding a campaign rally at a stadium. The President escaped injuries, but others were injured and hospitalized. A security officer had to have a leg amputated, presidential spokesman George Charamba said. The blast occurred at White City Stadium in Bulawayo. Forty-nine ...

  • UK Tax Agency Collects 5.1M Biometric Voice IDs, May Violate GDPR

    June 24, 2018

    Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the UK is under investigation by that country’s regulator over the collection of more than 5 million biometric voice IDs. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is investigating the tax agency’s practice, which may violate the recently implemented General Data Protection Regulation, following an official complaint from watchdog group Big ...

  • Two dead, over 150 hurt in Ethiopia after grenade attack at massive rally for new reformist leader

    June 24, 2018

    Two people have died after a deadly grenade attack in Ethiopia’s capital on Saturday which injured more than 150 people at rally attended by new prime minister Abiy Ahmed. On Sunday, police were at the scene of the attack gathering evidence, officials told Reuters. Nine police officials, including the deputy head of the capital Addis Ababa’s police commission, have ...

  • Terrorist threat in the EU remains high despite the decline of IS in Iraq and Syria

    June 20, 2018

    New EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report describes terrorist incidents and activities on European soil. In 2017, 68 innocent victims lost their lives as a result of terrorist attacks in the European Union (EU) – reason enough for Europol not to reduce its efforts in combatting terrorism in all its forms. Even though the number of ...

  • World Cup 2018: The tech security challenges around the big event

    June 20, 2018

    One of the biggest sporting events in the world has arrived in the form of the 2018 FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia, with 32 nations competing over the next month in a tournament which is expected to be watched by billions of viewers around the globe, on television, mobile and online. While events like the World ...

  • More Troubles Ahead For ZTE After Senate Votes To Reinstate Embargo

    June 20, 2018

    Shares in ZTE and its US suppliers plummeted following the US Senate’s vote to annul President Trump’s trade deal Shares in Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE closed sharply lower on Tuesday following a US Senate vote to block a deal to lift sanctions against the company. In Hong Kong the company’s shares dropped 25 percent, and were ...

  • Is focus on pipeline cyber security ruse to prop up coal?

    June 19, 2018

    More than 300,000 miles of natural gas transmission lines crisscross the United States, fueling electricity and industrial plants and heating homes, while also providing an alluring target for hackers looking to disrupt the American economy. Now those pipelines are at the center of a debate in Washington about the future of the power grid, as Energy ...

  • GCHQ chief highlights UK’s ‘critical role’ in thwarting European attacks

    June 19, 2018

    Speaking after meetings at NATO’s Brussels headquarters, Jeremy Fleming cited GCHQ’s involvement in disrupting terrorist activity on the continent in a bid to highlight the importance of UK-EU security links. The comments will be viewed in some quarters as a pointed intervention in the Brexit debate, coming hot on the heels of remarks by the EU’s chief ...

  • Houthis say launch missile at Aramco facility in Saudi Arabia

    June 19, 2018

    The Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen said it launched a missile targeting a facility of oil firm Aramco in Asir in southwestern Saudi Arabia, Houthi-run media al-Masirah TV and SABA reported on Tuesday. Following the report, an Aramco official told Reuters that the company’s facilities were “safe and are operating normally.” SABA quoted a Houthi military source ...

  • TSA: Fliers will face more scrutiny for powders in carry-on bags

    June 19, 2018

    The Transportation Security Administration began scrutinizing containers of powders in fliers’ carry-on bags last summer as part of a broader security push, and will soon ask foreign airports that send flights directly to the U.S. to do the same. The focus is on containers holding at least 350 milliliters of powder, which is about the size of a ...