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  • Terror arrests in Burnley and Accrington: Two men held

    July 18, 2019

    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of terror offences after raids in two Lancashire towns. Police are searching properties in Burns Street and Gordon Street, Burnley, and Manor Street, Accrington. A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. Another man, 33, was arrested on ...

  • DRC Ebola epidemic is international emergency, says WHO

    July 17, 2019

    The Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization has declared, calling for more funds and support to close it down. The second biggest Ebola outbreak ever, after the 2014-16 epidemic in west Africa, has reached a critical point with the diagnosis of a case in Goma, a ...

  • JetBlue Bomb Scare Set Off with Apple AirDrop

    July 16, 2019

    The feature in Apple mobile devices that allows people to send photos to nearby phones via Bluetooth is at the heart of a terrorism scare on a JetBlue flight over the weekend. According to the New York Daily News, a prankster sent a photo of a suicide vest to everyone who had an Apple device on the ...

  • Russia ready to start shipping revolutionary Ebola vaccine to DR Congo

    July 16, 2019

    A groundbreaking vaccine developed at the Novosibirsk-based VECTOR State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology is likely to be shipped to the Democratic Republic of the Congo where an ongoing Ebola outbreak has already claimed 1,700 lives, VECTOR Director General Rinat Maksyutov told TASS, adding that talks were underway. “The issue [of the vaccine’s deliveries to ...

  • Why Cities Are a Low-Hanging Fruit For Ransomware

    July 15, 2019

    Ransomware attacks against local governments and cities are repeatedly making headlines, with crippling results on city operations and budgets. Last month, the Florida city of Riviera Beach paid hackers $600,000 after being hit by a ransomware attack that downed its computer systems for three weeks. In 2018, several Atlanta city systems were crippled after a ransomware attack extorted ...

  • Dirty bomb simulator prepares responders

    July 15, 2019

    If a radiological dispersal device (RDD), or “dirty bomb,” ever explodes in the United States, emergency crews may be better prepared because of a simulator developed by an Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) visualization technologist. Called the RDD Studio, the model was developed by the Lab’s Ryan Chen to provide a detailed simulation of what an ...

  • Airport email scam thwarted by UK’s cyber-defender NCSC

    July 15, 2019

    An attempt to defraud thousands of people using a bogus email from a UK airport was one of a range of cyber-attacks prevented last year. The scam used a fake gov.uk address, but the messages were prevented from ever reaching their intended recipients. The details were revealed by GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre in an annual report. In all, ...

  • High-level meeting on the Ebola outbreak in the DRC affirms support for Government-led response and UN system-wide approach

    July 15, 2019

    Almost a year after the outbreak of Ebola was declared in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and with the number of new cases at worrying levels, the United Nations hosted a high-level meeting today in Geneva to take stock of the coordinated response and galvanize further support for the government-led effort to defeat ...

  • Sudan Military Council Appeals Court Ruling to Restore Internet

    July 15, 2019

    Sudan’s ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) asked the high court in Sudan to reverse its decision to restore internet services in the country, only days after the court ruled to restore them. Last Tuesday, a Khartoum court ordered telecommunication companies to restore the internet services in the country, pending a decision on the lawsuit filed by ...

  • Will defense contractors be ready for CMMC?

    July 15, 2019

    Defense contractors will face big changes and tight timelines over the next year as the Department of Defense rolls out its new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework, experts say. The framework, which aims to certify a company’s compliance with federal cybersecurity regulations around controlled unclassified information (CUI), was announced by DOD officials in June. It will ...

  • Ebola in DR Congo: Case confirmed in Goma

    July 15, 2019

    The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the eastern city of Goma, a major transport hub. The World Health Organization (WHO) said the case could be a “game-changer” given the city’s population of more than two million. But the WHO expressed confidence in plans to deal with the diagnosis. DR Congo’s health ...

  • Sweden and UK’s surveillance programs on trial at the European Court of Human Rights

    July 12, 2019

    This week, the highest body of the European Court of Human Rights heard arguments against the mass surveillance programs of two countries, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The legal proceedings in the two cases started years before, in 2008 and 2013, respectively, with the litigation eventually reaching the court’s highest body, the ECHR Grand Chamber, who ...

  • Critical infrastructure at risk again from Stuxnet-like attack

    July 11, 2019

    A dozen vulnerabilities including previously undisclosed exploits have been discovered in software used to maintain industrial control systems (ICS) which could lead to another devastating attack on highly-prevalent critical infrastructure. The researchers from Tenable likened the vulnerabilities to those in the family of devices affected by the infamous Stuxnet attack on an Iranian nuclear facility, adding that the software affected ...

  • ICO neuters UK police use of facial recognition technology

    July 9, 2019

    Live facial recognition (LFR) deployments by police forces across the UK have been dealt a blow after the UK data regulator confirmed its use falls under the umbrella of data protection. In the midst of ongoing rows between law enforcement agencies and digital rights campaigners, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)has clarified LFR “is a potential threat to privacy” ...

  • Bug in Anesthesia Machines Allows Changing Gas Mix Levels

    July 9, 2019

    A vulnerability in the firmware of some anesthesia machines used in hospitals could be abused to change normal functionality up to the point of adjusting the level of inhalational substances. The flaw affects GE Aestiva and GE Aespire anesthesia systems, models 7100 and 7900, from GE Healthcare (part of General Electric Company) and permits sending them commands ...