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Top News

  • Liquid restrictions to end at UK airports thanks to new technology

    August 25, 2019

    Air passengers will no longer have to take liquids and laptops out of their carry-on bags under new rules coming into force for UK airports to upgrade their security scanners. Similar to CT scanners used in hospitals, the new technology will provide a detailed picture of a bag’s contents and allow images to be visually rotated ...

  • AMEO ‘concerned’ about nation-state attacks on power grids

    August 22, 2019

    “For the energy sectors and critical infrastructure sectors, particularly around electricity, we are concerned about nation-state actors,” says Tim Daly, chief security officer (CSO) for the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). “Nation-states are looking to have capability and implants that are persistent within critical organisations,” he told the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit in Sydney ...

  • UK And Iraq Agree To Future Defence Relationship

    August 22, 2019

    The UK has committed to continuing its military support to Iraq, with a new agreement focusing on education. The deal confirms British troops will work alongside Iraqi Security Forces to develop their intelligence structures and provide wider training and development. The UK has already trained more than 103,000 Iraqi forces in infantry and weapons maintenance, counter IED, ...

  • Popular SoC Boards Have An Unpatchable Security Flaw, Leaving Many Automotive, Industrial And Military Components At Risk

    August 21, 2019

    Researchers conducting a routine security audit recently discovered two serious security flaws within a popular brand of System on a Chip (SoC) boards. The security vulnerability undermines secure boot capabilities. What’s most concerning is the fact that the SoC is deployed in several critical components that go into mainstream industry segments like automotive, aviation, consumer ...

  • Spain issues international alert after country’s biggest ever listeria outbreak

    August 21, 2019

    Spain has issued an international alert after the number affected by the country’s biggest ever listeria outbreak rose to 150. A 90-year-old woman has been killed by the infection as the health ministry said it was checking another 523 suspected cases of listeriosis. The spread has sparked fears in Spain, which is visited by around 80 million ...

  • Russian Hacking Group Targeting Banks Worldwide With Evolving Tactics

    August 21, 2019

    Silence APT, a Russian-speaking cybercriminal group, known for targeting financial organizations primarily in former Soviet states and neighboring countries is now aggressively targeting banks in more than 30 countries across America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Active since at least September 2016, Silence APT group’s most recent successful campaign was against Bangladesh-based Dutch-Bangla Bank, which lost over $3 ...

  • Hackers disrupt website of Russian Embassy in UK for 20 hours

    August 20, 2019

    Access to the website of the Russian Embassy in London remained unreliable for almost 20 hours after unidentified ‘hackers’ targeted it with a denial-of-service attack, the diplomatic mission said. The attack started at about 16:30GMT on Monday, a spokesperson for the embassy told the media. By 12:00 on Tuesday, embassy IT staff managed to restore access, ...

  • Philippines: Military seizes NPA bomb factory

    August 20, 2019

    A camp used by the New People’s Army to manufacture homemade explosives was over ran by joint forces of the military and police in Sitio Cabilocan, Barangay Cabadiagan, Sipalay City, Negros Occidental. After receiving reports on the presence of armed men in the area, a joint combat operation was launched early Sunday morning composed of troopers ...

  • Adwind Remote Access Trojan Hits Utilities Sector

    August 19, 2019

    Attackers are targeting entities from the utility industry with the Adwind Remote Access Trojan (RAT) malware via a malspam campaign that uses URL redirection to malicious payloads. Adwind (also known as jRAT, AlienSpy, JSocket, and Sockrat) is distributed by its developers to threat actors under a malware-as-a-service (MaaS) model and it is capable of evading detection by most major anti-malware ...

  • Turkey launches large-scale counterterror op in 3 provinces

    August 19, 2019

    Turkish security forces launched a joint counterterror operation in eastern and southeastern provinces with the participation of 129 security force teams, the Ministry of Interior announced Monday. According to a statement by the ministry, “Operation Kıran” is being carried out to neutralize PKK terrorists and destroy encampments and shelters in dozens of districts, villages and valleys ...

  • Fermanagh bomb attack ‘deliberate attempt’ to murder police, says PSNI

    August 19, 2019

    The PSNI believes officers were lured to the site of the suspected dissident bomb attack in Co Fermanagh in attempt to kill and injure them. PSNI deputy chief constable Stephen Martin told a press conference in Belfast: “The threat from Northern Ireland-related terrorism has not decreased and has remained at severe since 2009. “Today we have seen ...

  • Over 20 Texas local governments hit in ‘coordinated ransomware attack’

    August 18, 2019

    Twenty-three local Texas governments have been infected with ransomware last week in what Texas officials have described as a coordinated attack. The attack took place on Friday morning, August 16, US time, when several smaller local Texas governments reported problems with accessing their data to the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR). DIR officials did not pubish ...

  • Yemen rebel drone attack targets remote Saudi oil field

    August 18, 2019

    Saudi Arabia describes the damage as a “limited fire” in the second such recent attack on its crucial energy industry. Houthi spokesman says rebels launched 10 bomb-laden drones targeting the field in their “biggest-ever” operation; threatens more attacks coming. Drones launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked a massive oil and gas field deep inside Saudi Arabia’s ...

  • UK watchdog to investigate King’s Cross facial recognition tech used to spy on public

    August 16, 2019

    The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is launching an investigation into the use of facial recognition technology at King’s Cross following media reports of the covert practice. On Thursday, UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said the use of cameras to track commuters and passers-by in the busy London area “is a potential threat to privacy that should concern ...

  • Thames Valley Police officer killed in Berkshire while investigating burglary

    August 16, 2019

    Ten people have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a police officer killed while attending a reported burglary. PC Andrew Harper, of Thames Valley Police, died at about 23:30 BST on Thursday in Berkshire. The force said the 10 males arrested were aged between 13 and 30, and remain in custody. Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the BBC ...

  • European Central Bank Shuts Down ‘BIRD Portal’ After Getting Hacked

    August 16, 2019

    The European Central Bank (ECB) confirmed Thursday that it had been hit by a cyberattack that involved attackers injecting malware into one of its websites and potentially stealing contact information of its newsletter subscribers. Headquartered in Germany, the European Central Bank (ECB) is the central bank of the 19 European Union countries which have adopted the ...

  • Most UK financial firms hit by cyber attack in the past year

    August 15, 2019

    A survey of 100 senior business decision-makers shows that 70% of UK financial companies suffered a cyber security incident in the past 12 months, with nearly half (43%) caused by employee failure to follow company security protocols or data protection policies. This threat was biggest in mid-sized financial companies (3,000-4,999 employees), with 52% of respondents citing ...


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