News – October 2017

 


  • Kabul Green Zone: Blast kills many, officials say

    October 31, 2017

    At least three people have been killed and 13 injured in a powerful explosion in central Kabul, Afghan officials say. Ambulances have been ferrying victims of the blast in the capital’s diplomatic zone to hospital. The number of dead and injured is expected to rise. A Reuters TV crew counted eight people who appeared dead. It is not ...

  • More must be done to protect America’s nuclear power plants from cyberattacks

    October 31, 2017

    In testimony this month before the congressional Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection, Patricia Hoffman, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, outlined some of the measures government agencies are taking to protect our energy infrastructure from “significant cyber incidents.” The programs she outlined — information sharing, research and development, ...

  • Taking Steps towards Secure Manufacturing

    October 31, 2017

    In 2016, an independent study recognized the manufacturing industry as the second most attacked industry. While the healthcare sector is still the most frequently attacked, attacks on manufacturing come as no surprise since it’s an expansive industry that includes the automotive, textile, electronic and other subgroups that manufacture a multitude of different products. Motivations behind manufacturing attacks Based on previous ...

  • Russia begins to assist Sahel region states in fighting terrorism

    October 31, 2017

    Moscow has begun to assist the law enforcement agencies of the Sahel countries, that have recently formed joint military forces to counter terrorism and organized crime, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said at the UN Security Council’s meeting. According to the Russian diplomat, Moscow welcomes the establishment of a special counter-terrorism force ...

  • Research breakthrough raises hope of predicting future Ebola outbreaks

    October 30, 2017

    Scientists studying links between the Ebola virus and deforestation have made a breakthrough that could lead to the development of an early warning system for outbreaks. Existing research into how the disease could be spread from animals to humans found Ebola hotspots matched deforestation patterns in west Africa. But now experts have discovered a striking correlation between forest loss and the ...

  • India: Airports to have bomb detection and disposal squads

    October 30, 2017

    Bomb detection and disposal squads will now be available at airports across India as part of efforts to strengthen security that also include upgradation of baggage screening systems to bring them on a par with global standards. The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has simplified rules to make this possible, officials said. “The new rules will ...

  • Heathrow probes how security data found on London street

    October 29, 2017

    Heathrow Airport said Sunday it has launched an internal investigation after a memory stick containing extensive security information was found on a London street by a member of the public. The USB drive contained dozens of folders with maps, videos and documents — some marked confidential or restricted — detailing security at Europe’s busiest airport, according ...

  • ‘Basic IT security’ would have halted NHS hack

    October 27, 2017

    The NHS and the Department of Health need to “get their act together” or risk more damaging cyberattacks on their computer systems, a new report has warned. It comes from the head of the National Audit Office (NAO) after they carried out an independent investigation into a cyberattack that crippled parts of the NHS in England in ...

  • Nationalist MP survives scooter bombing in Ukraine

    October 26, 2017

    A combative nationalist MP has been wounded and two others killed in an explosion in Kiev, the sixth assassination attempt by a vehicle bomb in Ukraine in 15 months. Ihor Mosiychuk, a member of the opposition Radical Party who has previously started fistfights in parliament and been imprisoned on terrorism and corruption allegations, was injured when ...

  • AmosConnect: Maritime Communications Security Has Its Flaws

    October 26, 2017

    Satellite communications security has been a target of our research for some time: in 2014 IOActive released a document detailing many vulnerabilities in popular SATCOM systems. Since then we’ve had the opportunity to dive deeper in this area, and learned a lot more about some of the environments in which these systems are in place. Recently, ...

  • US-bound passengers face check-in security interviews

    October 25, 2017

    US-bound travelers will face security interviews before checking in to flights at a number of global airlines from Thursday as anti-terror measures are stepped up. Lufthansa, Emirates, Air France and Norwegian Air confirmed to AFP that US authorities had asked for tougher controls at departure airports for flights to the United States. Other carriers and the International ...

  • India: SDRF undergoing training to counter biochemical attacks

    October 25, 2017

    The special wing of the state police – State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) – has undertaken a host of activities over past few years to up their efficiency in tackling of untoward calamities. Their operational preparedness and readiness could be gauged from their deftness in handling the flood situation in the south western and southern ...

  • SEC ignored years of warnings about cybersecurity before massive breach

    October 24, 2017

    For years before the Securities and Exchange Commission suffered a massive breach last year, federal watchdogs had warned the agency to encrypt the sensitive financial data stored in its networks. The Government Accountability Office delivered the admonition most recently in July, a month before the SEC’s leadership learned of the 2016 hack. But the agency’s advice to the ...

  • Bad Rabbit: New Ransomware Attack Rapidly Spreading Across Europe

    October 24, 2017

    A new widespread ransomware attack is spreading like wildfire around Europe and has already affected over 200 major organisations, primarily in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Germany, in the past few hours. Dubbed “Bad Rabbit,” is reportedly a new Petya-like targeted ransomware attack against corporate networks, demanding 0.05 bitcoin (~ $285) as ransom from victims to unlock ...

  • UK financial regulator confirms it is probing Equifax mega-breach

    October 24, 2017

    UK financial service regulators have launched an investigation into Equifax over its handling of the recent mega-breach. In a brief statement on Tuesday, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which could fine the firm or revoke its right to operate in the UK, said it was “investigating the circumstances surrounding a cybersecurity incident that led to the loss of ...