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  • Coronavirus: US buys up almost entire world supply of COVID-19 drug remdesivir

    July 1, 2020

    The US has bought up almost the entire global supply of one of two drugs used to treat coronavirus which UK patients helped test. Remdesivir, which was developed to treat Ebola, is produced almost exclusively by US pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences – and it has been priced at $2,340 (£1,892) per patient in wealthier nations. The company ...

  • FCC formally declares Huawei, ZTE ‘national security threats’

    July 1, 2020

    The Federal Communication Commission has declared Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE “national security threats,” a move that will formally ban U.S. telecom companies from using federal funds to buy and install Huawei and ZTE equipment. FCC chairman Ajit Pai said that the “weight of evidence” supported the decision. Federal agencies and lawmakers have long claimed ...

  • Chicago Police, Feds Seek Help to Identify Persons of Interest in 53 Arson Investigations

    July 1, 2020

    A man wearing a dark shirt and a hat sprays a liquid over the counter of a looted Ulta Beauty store in Brighton Park and ignites the fluid with a match. A group of men start a fire inside the back of an open CTA truck downtown. Two men enter a sporting goods store in ...

  • Australia to invest a record A$1.35bn in cyber security

    July 1, 2020

    Dubbed the Cyber Enhanced Situational Awareness and Response (Cesar) package, the investment will help Australia identify cyber threats, disrupt foreign cyber criminals and build industry partnerships, said Australian prime minister Scott Morrison yesterday. Noting that malicious cyber activity undermines the government’s efforts to protect Australia’s economy, national security and sovereignty, Morrison said the record investment will ...

  • New swine flu with pandemic potential identified by China researchers

    June 30, 2020

    Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study in the US science journal PNAS, although experts said there is no imminent threat. Named G4, it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009. It possesses “all the essential ...

  • UK: ‘Three people stabbed to death’ in Glasgow city centre

    June 26, 2020

    Three people are believed to have been stabbed to death in a stairwell to a hotel in Glasgow city centre. It is understood that a suspect was shot dead by police. The Scottish Police Federation have confirmed a police officer was stabbed. Armed police remain at the scene outside the Park Inn in West George Street. A statement ...

  • Lithuania: Explosion in Vilnius was planned during daytime with people around

    June 26, 2020

    The bomb placed at the building housing international company in Vilnius last October did not go off but it could have caused major damage to the building and injured many people, Rolandas Kiskis, chief of Lithuania’s criminal police, says. The suspect planned to detonate the bomb during daytime with many people in the building. According to Kiskis, ...

  • London: 22 officers injured and police cars smashed after street party in Brixton

    June 25, 2020

    Twenty-two officers have been injured and police cars smashed up during “significant disorder” following a street party in Brixton overnight. Footage on social media showed a line of police retreating from crowds of people running at them with makeshift weapons on Overton Road near the Angell Town estate in Brixton on Wednesday night. Police said they were ...

  • UK DASA: Competition document – Countering Drones – Finding and neutralising small UAS threats Phase 2 [Update]

    June 24, 2020

    This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals that can develop the technology needed to counter Unmanned Air Systems (C-UAS) and demonstrate how these can be integrated together to form a capable system. Please note this is the second phase of funding for a multi-phase competition. It is not compulsory to have been involved ...

  • US soldier plotted with Satanic neo-Nazis to ambush his own unit overseas, feds say

    June 23, 2020

    A U.S. soldier assigned to an installation in Europe has been charged with trying to plan a deadly ambush on members of his own unit during an upcoming deployment with the help of an “occult-based neo-Nazi” group known as the “Order of the Nine Angles,” according to an indictment unsealed Monday. Pvt. Ethan P. Melzer, 22, confessed to plotting what ...

  • COVID-19: WHO reports record daily global case increase as known infections pass 8.9m

    June 22, 2020

    Concerns that Donald Trump’s inner circle might pressure the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rush a coronavirus vaccine to market in time for the presidential election have risen after the White House attacked the agency for reversing itself on an experimental drug treatment. Critics say that the FDA’s decision in April to approve hydroxychloroquine for emergency use – an ...

  • UK: Reading stabbing attack suspect Khairi Saadallah known to MI5 – sources

    June 22, 2020

    The man held on suspicion of killing three people at a park in Reading was known to MI5, security sources say. Khairi Saadallah, 25, from the town, was arrested on Saturday and police say they are not looking for anyone else over the terror incident. Sources told the BBC he is originally from Libya and came to ...

  • BlueLeaks: Data from 200 US police departments & fusion centers published online

    June 22, 2020

    The files, dubbed BlueLeaks, have been published by Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets), a group that describes itself as a “transparency collective.” The data has been made available online on a searchable portal. According to the BlueLeaks portal, the leaked data contains more than one million files, such as scanned documents, videos, emails, audio files, and more. DDoSecrets ...

  • UK: NHS COVID-19 app developers ‘tried to block rival symptom trackers’

    June 20, 2020

    NHSX, the health service technology unit responsible for the government’s failed contact-tracing app, attempted to block rival apps to protect its own, hampering efforts to track the early spread of the coronavirus. Developers of several apps were urged to stop work by either NHSX or the Ministry of Defence, who told them their apps might distract ...

  • Grissom Airmen undergo Hazardous Materials training

    June 19, 2020

    GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE — Grissom Airmen from the 434th Civil Engineering Squadron recently underwent a hazardous material training exercise. Hazardous materials are a fact of life on any Air Force base, but with proper care and safety measures, the risk they pose can be greatly mitigated. For CE, it’s important to have a plan in ...

  • Former DIA Analyst Sentenced to Prison Over Data Leak

    June 19, 2020

    A former analyst for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after sharing highly classified, national defense intelligence with two reporters. The sentencing comes after the 32-year-old analyst, Henry Kyle Frese, pleaded guilty in February to leaking the data, regarding foreign countries’ weapons systems, in 2018 and 2019. ...

  • Australian PM says nation under serious state-run ‘cyber attack’ – Microsoft, Citrix, Telerik UI bugs ‘exploited’

    June 19, 2020

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called a snap press conference to reveal that the nation is under cyber-attack by a state-based actor, but the nation’s infosec advice agency says that while the attacker has gained access to some systems it has not conducted “any disruptive or destructive activities within victim environments.” Morrison said the attack ...

  • IATA Launches Aviation Security Intelligence Portal

    June 18, 2020

    Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched the Security Risk Intelligence Portal (SRIP)—an incident reporting tool to help airlines mitigate and manage security risks. The portal also includes the latest state and airport restrictions and requirements imposed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. SRIP was developed to improve real-time information-sharing among airlines, airports ...

  • Contact-tracing app U-turn: UK ditches its own plan in favor of Google and Apple option

    June 18, 2020

    The UK government is changing course in the development of its contact-tracing app, and adopting the API put forward by Apple and Google as a backbone to build the tool, instead of rolling out the centralized model it has favored until now. The app has been in the works since the start of April, but NHSX ...

  • The girl with the dragnet tattoo: How a TV news clip, Insta snaps, a glimpse of a tat and a T-shirt sold on Etsy led FBI to alleged cop car arsonist

    June 17, 2020

    A woman accused of setting fire to two Philadelphia police cars during a May 30 protest was tracked down by her online buying-habits and reviews, a social media sweep, and a poor username choice, the FBI has claimed. In an affidavit spotted by Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, ...