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Top News

  • The US Army uses facial recognition to train AI. Now, it needs to protect it

    January 27, 2020

    The US Army has announced the development of software designed to prevent the compromise of facial recognition technology in military applications. A team from Duke University, led by electrical and computer engineering faculty members Dr. Helen Li and Dr. Yiran Chen, have created a system which, it is hoped, will be able to mitigate cyberattacks against the military’s ...

  • Small suspected homemade bomb explodes at Hong Kong hospital, no injuries

    January 27, 2020

    A suspected small-scale homemade bomb exploded at a general hospital in Hong Kong on Monday, causing the temporary evacuation of some patients but no injuries, police said. The incident came after a group of protesters on Sunday set alight the lobby of a newly built residential building in Hong Kong that authorities had planned to use ...

  • 4 low-intensity IED blasts hit Assam, no casualties

    January 27, 2020

    At least four low-intensity explosions within a span of 15 minutes hit Assam on Sunday as India marked its 71st Republic Day, officials said, adding that there was no loss of life or damage to property. Hours later, the banned United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent), or Ulfa(I), claimed responsibility, saying it was the handiwork of ...

  • The launching of IED balloons from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory

    January 27, 2020

    During the first half of January 2020 a decision was made in the Gaza Strip to renew the launching of balloons, which had stopped in March 2019. Since the decision was put into practice dozens of balloons have been launched into Israeli territory. As opposed to the past, most of the balloon clusters had IEDs attached to them ...

  • Exercise Crossed Swords 2020 Reached New Levels of Multinational and Interdisciplinary Cooperation

    January 26, 2020

    The 6th iteration of the annual cyber exercise Crossed Swords in Riga, Latvia, brought together more than 120 technical experts, Cyber Commands´ members, Special Forces operators and military police. Organized jointly by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) and CERT.LV, Crossed Swords has evolved from a purely technical red teaming workshop into a one ...

  • Police go-ahead for facial recognition cameras in London could break the law, government watchdog warns

    January 26, 2020

    The looming use of facial recognition cameras across London could fall foul of the law, the government’s own watchdog has warned. Professor Paul Wiles, the biometrics commissioner, joined human rights groups and some MPs in criticising the announcement by the Metropolitan Police force. He pointed out that an initial court ruling – clearing the way South Wales Police used the cameras – did not amount to a ...

  • Afghan army helicopter gunned down in Helmand

    January 25, 2020

    Afghan National Army (ANA) helicopter crashed down in Kajaki district of southern Helman province on Saturday, as a result of which four Afghan soldiers were wounded. According to the 215 Maiwand Corps, the helicopter was shot down while landing, with no accurate information on who committed the shooting. An unknown source within the Afghan security forces reported ...

  • Trend Micro antivirus zero-day used in Mitsubishi Electric hack

    January 24, 2020

    Chinese hackers have used a zero-day in the Trend Micro OfficeScan antivirus during their attacks on Mitsubishi Electric, ZDNet has learned from sources close to the investigation. Trend Micro has now patched the vulnerability, but the company did not comment if the zero-day was used in other attacks beyond Mitsubishi Electric. News of the Mitsubishi Electric hack became public ...

  • Fake Smart Factory Honeypot Highlights New Attack Threats

    January 24, 2020

    A honeypot set up to observe the current security landscape in smart manufacturing systems observed numerous threats—including cryptomining malware and ransomware—in just a few months, highlighting the new threats that industrial control systems (ICS) face with increased exposure to the internet. While in the past ICS networks were traditionally proprietary and closed systems, the advent of ...

  • U.S. Government Agency Targeted With Malware-Laced Emails

    January 23, 2020

    A U.S. government agency was targeted with spear phishing emails harboring several malware strains – including a never-before-seen malware downloader that researchers call “Carrotball.” The campaign, which researchers observed occurring from July to October and code-named “Fractured Statue,” involved six unique malicious document lures being sent as attachments from four different Russian email addresses to 10 ...

  • Airports Council International and The Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center enter cooperative agreement

    January 23, 2020

    Airports Council International (ACI) World and A-ISAC announced today they have signed an agreement that better enables ACI members to join the A-ISAC for access to airport-specific cyber threat intelligence and actionable data that will enhance their ability to build cyber resiliency. Both organizations play an active role in supporting the global aviation network; by increasing ...

  • Critical, Unpatched ‘MDhex’ Bugs Threaten Hospital Devices

    January 23, 2020

    A collection of six cybersecurity vulnerabilities in a range of GE Healthcare devices for hospitals has been discovered. Dubbed “MDhex” by the researchers at CyberMDX who discovered them, the bugs would allow attackers to disable the devices, harvest personal health information (PHI), change alarm settings and alter device functionality. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland ...


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