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  • Militants cut electricity supply to Kabul, several other provinces by destroying power pylons

    September 15, 2019

    The Taliban militants destroyed three power pylons in Baghlan province, cutting electricity supply to several provinces including Kabul. Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat, the State-run power company said in a statement that the militants destroyed the power pylons in in Balak Mirzad Hasan Tal Village of Baghlan. The statement further added that the militants detonated improvised explosive devices ...

  • Major Saudi Arabia oil facilities hit by Houthi drone strikes

    September 14, 2019

    Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for a drone attack on the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia which is vital to global energy supplies. The attacks on the processor and a major oilfield, operated by Saudi Aramco, on early Saturday sparked a huge fire, the kingdom’s interior ministry said. According to Reuters, threes sources claimed the assault ...

  • NZ to fund NZ$10m to support Pacific cybersecurity strategy

    September 13, 2019

    The New Zealand government has announced it will provide NZ$10 million over five years to support Pacific countries as they develop national cybersecurity strategies to secure infrastructure and data, enhance online safety, and implement new cyber crime laws. Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters said it will help Pacific countries respond to cybersecurity risks in the ...

  • US Treasury sanctions three North Korean hacking groups

    September 13, 2019

    The US Department of the Treasury imposed sanctions today on three North Korean state-controlled hacking groups, which US authorities claim to have helped the Pyongyang regime raise funds for its weapons and missile programs. US officials cited three hacking groups whose names are well known to cyber-security experts — namely the Lazarus Group, Bluenoroff, and Andarial. Treasury ...

  • Suicide attack close to Special Forces compound in Kabul city

    September 12, 2019

    An explosion went off close to a compound of the Afghan Special Forces in Kabul, the security officials confirmed. Nusrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior confirmed that the explosion took place in Reshkhor area of Kabul. Rahimi further added it is yet clear what caused the explosion. Meanwhile, another security source said a suicide bomber ...

  • Derry bomb and Strabane mortar signs of ‘changing types of engineering capability’

    September 12, 2019

    PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne has confirmed the ‘New IRA’ bomb discovered in Creggan this week was not the sole target of the operation that saw the deployment of 80 police officers to the estate on Monday. Chief Constable Byrne said it was possible other bomb-making equipment and devices were still being concealed in the area. Speaking ...

  • £1.3bn contract for fleet of warships to ‘bring shipbuilding home’

    September 12, 2019

    Aerospace and defence company Babcock has been chosen as the preferred bidder for a new fleet of Royal Navy frigates. The government has committed to buying at least five of the warships, as well as hoping to sell them to other governments, with the first ship expected to begin sea trials in 2023. The £1.3bn Type 31 ...

  • Iranian hackers resume credential-stealing phishing attacks against universities around the world

    September 11, 2019

    An Iranian hacking operation has expanded a global phishing campaign that targets universities in an attempt to steal usernames and passwords. Dubbed Colbalt Dickens, the campaign was initially detailed in August last year, with researchers at Secureworks blaming cyberattacks targeting universities in 14 countries on a hacking group linked to the Iranian government. The purpose of the attacks is ...

  • TSA moving forward with airport screening system deployment

    September 11, 2019

    Several senators voiced concern over the Transportation Security Administration’s slow rollout of new airport screening technology at a hearing Wednesday. Commerce Committee members Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., questioned acting Deputy Administrator Patricia Cogswell about the delay in meeting the TSA Modernization Act requirement. TSA lost about 90 days because a contract for 300 computed tomography ...

  • EXPAL presents its Deployable Area Control System D-ACS at DSEI exhibition

    September 11, 2019

    Press Release DSEI 2019, International Defense and Security Exhibition, London 10th-13rd September D-ACS is an intelligent system of surveillance, control and protection of areas and roadways, specially designed to be quickly deployed and collected by a platoon in the field. D-ACS is optimal for temporary protection of bases or roads, although it can also be deployed for ...

  • Danish justice system rocked by flawed phone location evidence

    September 11, 2019

    Some 10,700 cases since 2012 are now up for review, after questions have arisen over the reliability of location data, or geolocation, from phone operators. Similar glitches have wreaked havoc in households in the United States and South Africa that have been wrongly identified as the locations of a raft of crimes, according to media reports. Danish police started looking into ...

  • Air cargo CEOs among new US-UK aviation security group

    September 11, 2019

    A new aviation security advisory group with authority to handle highly classified information affecting the trans-Atlantic market will include air cargo executives from private industry. The Transatlantic Aviation Industry Roundtable (TAIR) will serve as a forum in which DHS, its U.K. counterpart, private-sector companies and others in the aviation sector will meet regularly to discuss trans-Atlantic ...

  • ‘Explosion caused by a rocket’ near US embassy in Kabul

    September 10, 2019

    A large explosion has been heard near the United States embassy in Kabul shortly after midnight  Wednesday. The Associated Press reported that a US embassy employee reached by phone confirmed the blast but had no details. A plume of smoke was seen near the location of the explosion, according to witnesses. Inside the embassy, according to the AP, employees heard ...

  • Uncovering IoT Threats in the Cybercrime Underground

    September 10, 2019

    Amid the growth of the internet of things (IoT), manufacturers and integrators are testing the limits of how the technology can be applied, as seen in how new forms of connected devices are hitting the market. Some applications play critical roles in industries while others provide more convenience for consumers. The wide spectrum of IoT ...

  • ‘Anti-tank missiles and explosives’ missing from Greek naval facility

    September 10, 2019

    “Military material” has gone missing from a naval facility on the Greek island of Leros, according to the country’s navy. According to local media, anti-tank missiles, ammunition and grenades were taken. There were no signs of forced entry into the area where the equipment was being kept – reportedly prompting investigators to believe it was an inside ...

  • Petrol bombs thrown at police amid Derry security alert

    September 9, 2019

    Petrol bombs and other missiles have been thrown at police in Londonderry, where a security alert is underway in the Creggan. A suspicious object has been found during searches on Monday, as part of investigations into dissident republican activity. Around 80 officers and explosive detection dogs have been searching for bomb-making equipment, following the discovery of a mortar ...

  • Foiled terrorist attacks on UK soil have risen to 22, says top officer

    September 9, 2019

    The UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officer has revealed that the number of attacks foiled since the Westminster atrocity has risen to 22, with seven relating to suspected far-right terror. Speaking at a conference in Israel, assistant commissioner Neil Basu disclosed the updated figure as he laid out the law enforcement case in support of the government’s ...

  • Europe’s Second-Largest Counterfeit Currency Network On The Dark Web Taken Down In Portugal

    September 9, 2019

    The Portuguese Judicial Police (Polícia Judiciária) dismantled Europe’s second-largest counterfeit currency network on the dark web with Europol’s support. Five individuals have been arrested and are accused of counterfeiting and organised crime. Counterfeit banknotes were seized across Europe, notably in France, Germany, Spain and Portugal, worth over € 1.3 million. Following the investigation, eight domestic and ...

  • Strabane mortar bomb ‘callous attempt to kill police’

    September 9, 2019

    A mortar bomb left near a police station in County Tyrone was a “callous attempt to kill or maim” officers, the PSNI chief constable has said. The device was found by a resident on a wall near houses in Church View, Strabane, at 8:30 BST on Saturday. A 33-year-old man has been arrested under terrorism legislation. BBC News ...

  • Cyber-security incident at US power grid entity linked to unpatched firewalls

    September 9, 2019

    A cyber-security incident that impacted a US power grid entity earlier this year was not as dangerous as initially thought, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) said last week. In a report highlighting the “lessons learned” from a past incident, NERC said hackers repeatedly caused firewalls to reboot for about ten hours, on March 5, ...