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Today’s interdependent and interconnected world requires joint efforts and holistic approaches to protect critical infrastructure assets from the growing number of attacks and to address ever-evolving convergent threats to our economy, security and well-being.

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  • New Zealand: Man charged with unlawful possession of AK47 and homemade bomb

    April 8, 2019

    A 36-year-old Whangārei man has been charged with firearms offences including unlawful possession of an AK47 and having a homemade bomb. The items were uncovered in a two-day police search of an Otaika Rd house. Daniel Paul Van Houten, 36, appeared in the Whangārei District Court on Monday charged with unlawful possession of a .223 AK47, unlawful ...

  • Battle for Tripoli escalates as fighting nears Libyan capital

    April 7, 2019

    The battle for Tripoli escalated on Sunday as a military assault on the city by the eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar led to 21 deaths and nearly 90 injuries, and international calls for calm were ignored. As the fighting neared the capital, the UN issued a plea for a temporary ceasefire to allow the wounded ...

  • Funding boost for aviation security innovation

    April 5, 2019

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is making more funding available for innovations that enhance aviation security measures, courtesy of the Future Aviation Security Solutions (FASS) programme. FASS – a joint initiative between the Department for Transport (DfT) and Home Office which was set up to improve aviation security by funding and supporting the development of innovative ...

  • A polymer added to fuel could have saved the twin towers, researchers say

    April 4, 2019

    Scientists at Caltech have developed a new type of polymer that prevents fuel from misting during an explosion. The breakthrough could decrease the amount of damage caused by industrial accidents and terrorist attacks. Had the new polymers been added to the fuel of American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, the Twin Towers might ...

  • TSA Improved Covert Testing but Needs to Conduct More Risk-Informed Tests and Address Vulnerabilities

    April 4, 2019

    To test security screening at U.S. airports, TSA regularly tries to sneak guns and simulated bombs through checkpoints or in checked baggage. TSA changed its testing practices to better identify and address screening vulnerabilities. We observed 26 covert tests and reviewed the test program and how results are used. We found that TSA’s ability to run ...

  • Brexit: Police warn MPs and campaigners not to inflame tensions

    April 4, 2019

    Politicians and campaigners should take care not to “inflame” tensions in the UK caused by Brexit, a senior police chief has warned. Chairman of the National Police Chief Council (NPCC), Martin Hewitt, said people should think carefully to avoid inciting others to violence. Police have 10,000 officers ready to deploy at 24 hours’ notice as part of ...

  • Government funds research into knife-detection technology

    April 1, 2019

    Six UK companies have been funded a share of more than £460,000 to fast-track innovative technologies that aim to detect people carrying knives in crowded places such as streets, railway stations and major events. Distinguishing concealed blades from other items such as keys and coins is challenging for the police, particularly among large crowds. Now, with funding ...

  • SITA: We need complete confidence in data security for aviation

    April 1, 2019

    Information security and air transport are inextricably linked. That is not only because of the mission-critical nature of much of the industry’s data but also because of air transport’s growing dependency on data, sharing and new digital ways of working. It’s why ISO27K is a critical standard for a global IT provider to achieve. With aviation customers in ...

  • Critical Rockwell Automation Bug in Drive Component Puts IIoT Plants at Risk

    March 29, 2019

    A critical Rockwell Automation flaw could be exploited to manipulate an industrial drive’s physical process and or even stop it. A critical denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerability has been found in a Rockwell Automation industrial drive, which is a logic-controlled mechanical component used in industrial systems to manage industrial motors. The vulnerability was identified in Rockwell Automation’s PowerFlex 525 ...

  • Landmark terror finance resolution adopted by Security Council

    March 28, 2019

    Speaking via video-link from Rome, where he has been meeting specialist Italian law enforcement officials to discuss building closer ties to tackle the problem; The UN’s counter-terrorism chief, Vladimir Voronkov, said that the adoption comes at a “critical time,” with recent attacks demonstrating that terror groups continue to have access to both legal and illegal ...

  • UK: Grenfell: toxic contamination found in nearby homes and soil

    March 28, 2019

    Cancer-causing chemicals and other potentially harmful toxins have been found close to Grenfell Tower in fire debris and soil samples that could pose serious health risks to the surrounding community and survivors of the blaze, a study warns. The research has uncovered “significant environmental contamination” from a range of toxins, including in oily deposits collected 17 ...

  • Special forces seize tanker hijacked by migrants in the Mediterranean Sea

    March 28, 2019

    Special forces have seized a tanker after it was hijacked by migrants who had been rescued in the Mediterranean Sea. Authorities in Italy and Malta said the migrants had taken control of the Libya-bound ship on Wednesday and forced the crew to sail towards Europe. It came after the Turkish oil tanker had rescued about 120 people, ...

  • Elfin: Relentless Espionage Group Targets Multiple Organizations in Saudi Arabia and U.S.

    March 27, 2019

    Although heavily focused on the Middle East, Elfin (aka APT33) has also targeted a range of organizations in the U.S. including a number of major corporations. The Elfin espionage group (aka APT33) has remained highly active over the past three years, attacking at least 50 organizations in Saudi Arabia, the United States, and a range of ...

  • Half of industrial control system networks have faced cyberattacks, say security researchers

    March 27, 2019

    Industrial control systems in manufacturing, energy, chemical and other environments are coming under an increasing number of cyberattacks, as hacking groups of all kinds attempt to breach these networks. By targeting industrial systems attackers can potentially do vast amounts of damage, ranging from using backdoors to make off with sensitive data, causing the network to shut down ...

  • Congo ebola epidemic becomes second worst outbreak ever

    March 25, 2019

    The ebola epidemic crippling parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo has now exceeded 1,000 cases, making it the second worst outbreak in history. In a statement, the Congolese health ministry revealed that the total number affected stood at 1,009, with the numbers of people killed having climbed to 629. New technologies including a trial vaccine, experimental ...

  • 36 vulnerabilities in LTE 4G standard could enable data interception

    March 25, 2019

    Researchers have discovered a collection of flaws in the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) standard, which could allow an attacker to send spoof messages and intercept data traffic. A team with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Constitution (KAIST) have discovered 51 vulnerabilities with the 4G standard, including 15 known issues and 36 previously undiscovered flaws. They ...

  • FEMA Exposes PII for Millions of Hurricane, Wildfire Survivors

    March 25, 2019

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency exposed the personal identifiable information of 2.3 million survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the California wildfires in 2017, by oversharing survivor data with a contractor when it wasn’t necessary. Worse, the contractor’s networks has unpatched vulnerabilities that would allow an adversary access to that information. Through the TSA program, ...

  • ICAO Secretary General highlights future capacity challenges for European and North Atlantic air transport

    March 25, 2019

    ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu discussed a range of pressing air transport priorities earlier this week with the assembled Directors General of Civil Aviation for the 56 ICAO European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) Member States. Convening for the 2019 EUR/NAT DGCA Meeting in ICAO’s Paris Regional Office, Dr. Liu welcomed the newly appointed ICAO EUR/NAT Regional Director, Ms. Silvia Gehrer, ...


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