News – September 2017

 


  • Siemens Patches Improper Access Vulnerability in Ruggedcom Protocol

    September 29, 2017

    Industrial manufacturer Siemens is encouraging users running devices that use its Ruggedcom Discovery Protocol (RCDP) to apply firmware updates this week. The updates resolve a serious and remotely exploitable vulnerability that could let an attacker carry out administrative actions. The issue, an improper access control vulnerability, could allow users of networks adjacent to targeted devices to ...

  • Chilling graphic shows spread of radioactive cloud if North Korea detonates nuclear bomb over Pacific

    September 29, 2017

    A chilling new graphic has revealed the devastating reach of an “atmospheric burst” that could be released from a hypothetical nuclear explosion over the Pacific Ocean. The simulation of a “radio-isotope cloud” spreading for two weeks across the ocean towards Asia and the US was released on the Twitter account of Lassina Zerbo, the head of the ...

  • Two Danish ministries taken offline by cyber attack

    September 28, 2017

    A Turkish hacker group has claimed responsibility for a cyber attack that has rendered the Danish Ministry of Immigration website inaccessible. The Ministry of Immigration, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, were hit Wednesday by a cyber attack thought to have come from a Turkish hacker group, reports broadcaster DR. The former ministry’s website ...

  • Worldwide airport chaos after computer check-in systems crash

    September 28, 2017

    Air passengers are suffering major disruption at airports around the world after computer check-in systems crashed. Problems have been reported at airports including London’s Heathrow and Gatwick, Charles de Gaulle in Paris,  Zurich, Melbourne, Johannesburg, Changi in Singapore and Washington DC’s Reagan Airport. Travellers endured long waits at check-in desks after the outage from about 10.30am on Thursday. The problem has been affecting Amadeus Altea software used by 125 ...

  • French utility EDF shuts its Tricastin power plant

    September 28, 2017

    EDF, the French energy group, is temporarily shutting down its nuclear power plant at Tricastin in order to upgrade the facility’s capability to withstand an earthquake. The French utility said it has taken the decision to shut down the four generation units of the Tricastin nuclear power plant after a request by the French nuclear safety ...

  • Kabul airport target of Taliban rocket attack during visit by Mattis

    September 27, 2017

    Apparent Taliban rockets targeted Kabul’s international airport on Wednesday as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the NATO chief held talks with Afghan officials in the capital, authorities said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks, carried out while Mattis held meetings with President Ashraf Ghani and other Afghan leaders at the heavily fortified presidential palace. The ...

  • As North Korea threatens electromagnetic pulse attack, questions over lapses in US grid security rise

    September 27, 2017

    For more than 15 years, security and intelligence officials — including former CIA Director James Woolsey — have been raising the alarm bells about the vulnerability of the U.S. power grid to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack. Only now as tensions with North Korea quickly escalate — with the rogue nation refusing to back down from its nuclear ...

  • Sky and Space signs Check Point for satellite cybersecurity

    September 27, 2017

    Australian Securities Exchange-listed telecommunications company Sky and Space Global (SAS) has announced signing Check Point Software Technologies to provide cybersecurity across its nano-satellite telecommunications services. Under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Check Point, its cybersecurity solutions will be integrated into SAS’s communications platforms in its space and ground networks, with SAS already having commenced validation ...

  • Metro Transit Police to receive radiation detectors in face of ‘dirty bomb’ threat

    September 26, 2017

    If anyone tried to deploy a “dirty bomb” or other radiological weapon in the D.C. region, Metro Transit Police officers might be the first line of defense, and Thursday, the Metro Board is expected to formally accept radiation detection devices purchased for each member of the police department. The transit police officers play a critical role ...

  • Berkeley Lab Aims to Strengthen the Cybersecurity of the Grid

    September 26, 2017

    As the U.S. electricity grid continues to modernize, it will mean things like better reliability and resilience, lower environmental impacts, greater integration of renewable energy, as well as new computing and communications technologies to monitor and manage the increasing number of devices that connect to the grid. However, that enhanced connectivity for grid operators and ...

  • CDC highlights security programs against infectious disease

    September 26, 2017

    Over the past decade alone, epidemiologists have been kept busy responding to infectious disease outbreaks with enormous global health and economic impacts. Crises like the H1N1 influenza pandemic of 2009 and the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa have shown how widely and quickly diseases can travel. To highlight its efforts to contain and alleviate outbreaks, the CDC will for ...

  • Deloitte hacked, says ‘very few’ clients affected

    September 25, 2017

    Global accounting firm Deloitte said on Monday it was the victim of a cyber attack that affected the data of a small number of clients, providing few details on the breach. Deloitte said in a statement that attackers accessed data from the company’s email platform, confirming some details in a report by the Guardian newspaper, which ...

  • Brit military wants a small-drone-killer system for £20m

    September 25, 2017

    Fresh from showing off its gotta-zap-’em-all Dragonfire laser cannon, the Ministry of Defence is now buying a £20m anti-drone system. The “urgent” requirement from the MoD was issued last week, and could be linked to the mischievous Scot who landed his hobby drone aboard aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth in August. “The Capability shall be able to Detect, Track, Identify ...

  • 20th CBRNE Completes Multi-Agency Training Exercise

    September 22, 2017

    The 20th CBRNE Command’s Nuclear Disablement Team 3 and Soldiers from the Headquarters, Headquarters Company out of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, and the 68th CBRN Hazardous Response Team out of Fort Hood, Texas, deployed with the National Nuclear Technical Forensic Ground Collection Task Force as part of Exercise Prominent Hunt 17-2, conducted in Albuquerque and ...

  • Audit finds network vulnerabilities at NRC

    September 22, 2017

    An independent audit focused on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission found that one of its main offices may have network vulnerabilities and recommends more-frequent updates of the commission’s cybersecurity policies and procedures. The NRC is split into four regional offices across the country; Region IV’s office is located in Arlington, Texas. Overall the audit, conducted in July 2017 by ...