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  • The energy industry practices for a ‘black swan’ cyberattack that could take down the grid

    November 16, 2019

    More than 6,500 government officials and big players in the energy sector came together this week to conduct a simulated cyberattack on the electrical grid. The event is called GridEx, and takes place every two years. It imagines the U.S. under attack from a foreign country, through the power grid. It’s a scenario that planners say is ...

  • Maine hosts regional National Guard disaster response training

    November 15, 2019

    Approximately 160 Soldiers and Airmen from Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island took part in a semi-annual exercise at the former naval air station Nov. 5-7. The participants were all members of the New England CERFP, a regional team that can be called upon to assist first responders by providing additional support and assets in the ...

  • Mosquito sterilization offers new opportunity to control chikungunya, dengue, and Zika

    November 14, 2019

    A technique that sterilizes male mosquitoes using radiation will soon be tested as part of global health efforts to control diseases such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika. The Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) is a form of insect birth control.  The process involves rearing large quantities of sterilized male mosquitoes in dedicated facilities, and then releasing them to ...

  • Lessons from the cyberattack on India’s largest nuclear power plant

    November 14, 2019

    Indian officials acknowledged on October 30th that a cyberattack occurred at the country’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant. An Indian private cybersecurity researcher had tweeted about the breach three days earlier, prompting Indian authorities to initially deny that it had occurred before admitting that the intrusion had been discovered in early September and that efforts were underway to respond to it. According to last Monday’s Washington Post, Kudankulam ...

  • Earthquake hits France’s nuclear power output

    November 14, 2019

    French electricity giant EDF on Thursday cut its forecast for nuclear energy production this year after suspending operations at an atomic plant in the south of the country following a highly unusual earthquake. EDF took three reactors at the Cruas plant in the Ardeche region offline after Monday’s earthquake, which had a magnitude of 5.4 and was ...

  • UN chief: Terrorists strengthen foothold in Africa’s Sahel

    November 14, 2019

    Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that terrorist groups have strengthened their foothold across Africa’s Sahel region, which is experiencing escalating violence. The U.N. chief said in a report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Wednesday that the expanding foothold is “making large swaths of territory unstable and stoking ethnic, violence, especially in Burkina Faso and Mali.” Guterres ...

  • APT33 Mounts Focused, Highly Targeted Botnet Attacks Against U.S. Victims

    November 14, 2019

    The Iran-linked, espionage-focused advanced threat group known as APT33 has been spotted using more than a dozen obfuscated botnets to carry out narrowly targeted attacks against government and academic targets in the Middle East, the U.S. and Asia. Each botnet, linked to its own command-and-control (C2) server, comprises a small group of up to a dozen ...

  • Home Office app for EU citizens vulnerable to hackers

    November 14, 2019

    An app developed by the Home Office to help EU nationals apply to live in the UK post-Brexit can be exploited by hackers to steal sensitive data. Flaws in the ‘EU Exit: ID document check’ app could allow an attacker to take control of the app or get a glimpse of the information being entered into it in ...

  • British IS terror suspect arrested at Heathrow after Turkey deportation

    November 14, 2019

    A man has been arrested at Heathrow airport after Turkey said it had deported a British Islamic State suspect. Scotland Yard said the 26-year-old was held “on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts under section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006”, adding that it was “Syria-related”. The man arrived on Thursday “on an inbound flight to the ...

  • Two men arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences in east London

    November 13, 2019

    Two men in east London have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences. A 27-year-old man was detained by Met Police Terrorism Command officers on Tuesday on suspicion of being involved in the “commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism”. He remained in custody on Tuesday evening. A 21-year-old man was also arrested at a separate east London property on suspicion of encouraging ...

  • Ebola vaccine approved as second jab trialled

    November 13, 2019

    A second Ebola vaccine is to be offered to around 50,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as part of a major clinical trial. The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine will be used alongside a vaccine made by Merck, which has already been given to around 250,000 people. Merck’s jab has now been approved by the ...

  • CDC report: 35,000 Americans die of antibiotic-resistant infections each year

    November 13, 2019

    An estimated 35,000 Americans die of antibiotic-resistant infections each year — one every 15 minutes — according to a stark new report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention that reveals that the problem is substantially greater than previously estimated. The new report, the first update of a landmark 2013 publication that estimated the scope of ...

  • TrickBot trojan named the most dangerous threat to healthcare

    November 13, 2019

    The infamous Emotet and TrickBot trojans have been named as the two most popular attacks on healthcare organisations in 2019. Emotet detections surged at the beginning of 2019 but a huge wave of TrickBot threats in the second half of the year has placed it as the number one threat to healthcare organisations today. The number of threats presented by trojans, hijackers ...

  • Major terror attack in West ‘expected’ over Syria inaction, Kurdish general warns

    November 13, 2019

    Another Islamic State (IS) terrorist attack in a Western city is “expected” because of the West’s inaction and indifference in the region, the top Kurdish commander in Syria has warned. General Mazloum Kobane, commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), told Sky News the combination of the Turkish incursion into northern Syria, Western indifference to that and ...

  • EDA to take forward PESCO project on CBRN surveillance

    November 12, 2019

    Today, the European Defence Agency (EDA) has for the first time been chosen to support the development of a PESCO project as an Agency initiative, in line with the PESCO commitment to use EDA as the European forum for project capability development. The Austrian-lead project, CBRN Surveillance as a Service (CBRN SaaS), will provide a ...

  • Ransomware attack at Mexico’s Pemex halts work, threatens to cripple computers

    November 12, 2019

    A ransomware attack hit computer servers and halted administrative work on Monday at Mexican state oil firm Pemex, according to employees and internal emails, in hackers’ latest bid to wring ransom from a major company. Hackers have increasingly targeted companies with malicious programs that can cripple systems overseeing everything from supply chains to payments to manufacturing, ...

  • Three Pakistan Army soldiers martyred in North Waziristan blast

    November 12, 2019

    Three Pakistan Army soldiers were martyred and one injured in a roadside blast in North Waziristan district on Tuesday, the Inter-Services Public Relations reported. According to the military’s media wing, the soldiers were patrolling the area when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded. Security forces have cordoned off the area and launched a search operation. Read more… Source: Daily ...

  • Niger: Internet Connectivity Aids Response to Boko Haram Crisis

    November 11, 2019

    A global global network of organisations working together to provide shared communications services in humanitarian emergencies, has provided internet connectivity services to over 4 000 aid workers in northeastern Nigeria this year. Some 4 188 workers from 111 organisations have been connected, in a major boost to the response to the crisis caused by the Islamist ...

  • Teen killed in shooting at Malmo pizza parlour minutes after car bombing

    November 10, 2019

    The shooting took place minutes after a car bomb was detonated in a nearby district of the same city. A 15-year-old boy was killed when unknown assailants opened fire on a pizza parlour in Malmo. Another teenager remains in a critical condition after being injured in the shooting in a busy square. The shooting took place at about ...

  • Mysterious wave of texts leave Americans extremely confused

    November 8, 2019

    A mysterious technical glitch has seen some American mobile phone owners receive unintelligible messages from their friends, family, and even exes. It is believed that a “maintenance update” caused texts originally sent in February to be randomly sent in the early hours of Thursday morning. While the glitch helped reunite friends who hadn’t talked to each other ...