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  • NSA to establish a defense-minded division named the Cybersecurity Directorate

    July 23, 2019

    The National Security Agency announced today plans to establish a new defense-minded cyber-security division that will focus on defending the US against foreign cyber-threats. This new division, which will be named the Cybersecurity Directorate, will become operational on October 1, later this year. Anne Neuberger will be the division’s first Director of Cybersecurity. She will report directly ...

  • IED blast kills one in Turkey’s southeast

    July 23, 2019

    Two civilian vehicles on their way to pick up military personnel in Turkey’s southeastern Hakkari province were targeted by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on Tuesday. The explosion killed one of the drivers and severely injured the other. The deceased was identified as Ilhami Celik, added the source who asked not to be named due to restrictions on ...

  • EgyptAir executive says no ‘logical reason’ for British Airways cancellations to Cairo

    July 23, 2019

    An executive of state-owned EgyptAir said on Tuesday that British Airways’ decision to suspend flights to Cairo, the Egyptian capital, for several days was “without a logical reason.” The vice chairman of EgyptAir Holding Co, Sherif Ezzat Badrous, told reporters at a ceremony marking the delivery of the carrier’s newest Boeing Co (BA.N) 787 Dreamliner that ...

  • Lancaster University students’ data stolen by cyber-thieves

    July 23, 2019

    Students’ personal data has been stolen in a “sophisticated and malicious” phishing attack at Lancaster University. Officials said the information had been used to send bogus invoices to applicants. “A very small number” of student records, phone numbers and ID documents were also accessed, it said. The breach has been reported to police and the Information Commissioner’s Office. In ...

  • CISA supply chain assessment hits the home stretch

    July 22, 2019

    The recently established Federal Acquisition Security Council is ramping up resources to help agencies better understand and manage their supply chain security risks. FASC “is going to serve as the governance structure to elevate the security within federal acquisition processes” the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s Bob Kolasky said at a July 16 FCW briefing on ...

  • French army will employ sci-fi writers to predict cyber threats

    July 22, 2019

    The French military is to assemble a team of science fiction writers to imagine possible future cyber threats and inject innovation into cyber defence. This will be a small group, known as the “Red Team” which will be comprised of four or five science fiction writers and or futurists. The team will be hired to “propose ...

  • Massive 7.5TB breach reveals secret Russian IT projects

    July 22, 2019

    Hackers breached the server of a major contractor working on behalf of the Russian intelligence service before stealing 7.5TB of sensitive data and sharing this freely with other hackers and journalists. Attackers infiltrated the company network of SyTech on 13 July, according to BBC Russia, and began a process of copying data while deleting masses of it. ...

  • Pakistan: Nine people killed in complex attack involving female suicide bomber

    July 21, 2019

    At least nine people have been killed and 30 others were injured in Pakistan after a complex attack involving a suicide bomber, believed to be a woman wearing a burqa. The bomber struck outside a hospital as the wounded were being brought in from an earlier shooting targeting police. The assault in Dera Ismail Khan, early on ...

  • British Airways flights to Cairo cancelled

    July 20, 2019

    British Airways has cancelled all flights to the Egyptian capital Cairo for a week as a security “precaution”. Passengers about to board a BA flight to the city from London’s Heathrow Airport were told that it was cancelled – and that there would be no alternative flights for a week. The airline did not specify what the security issue ...

  • Hong Kong police find explosives on eve of latest protests

    July 20, 2019

    Police in Hong Kong are warning of possible violence on the eve of another mass protest against a controversial extradition bill after making “the largest seizure” of explosives in the territory. The seizure came on the day that thousands of pro-government supporters took part in a rally. Millions in the former British colony have thronged the streets since 9 ...

  • Kazakh government will intercept the nation’s HTTPS traffic

    July 19, 2019

    Internet service providers (ISPs) based in Kazakhstan are being instructed to force their users to install government-issued root certificates on their devices to allow agencies to intercept web traffic. The increasingly-widespread Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) refers to the transmission of data, ordinarily channelled via HTTP, sent instead over an encrypted connection. It’s said to raise the level ...

  • UK Public sector workers to receive biggest pay rise in six years

    July 19, 2019

    Public sector workers including teachers, soldiers and police officers will reportedly be given pay rises above inflation as part of new government plans. Theresa May is expected to make the announcement next week as one of her final acts as prime minister, according to The Times. The proposed pay rise, which will come at a cost of ...

  • Do Criminals Dream Of Electric Sheep? How Technology Shapes The Future Of Crime And Law Enforcement

    July 18, 2019

    The advent of so-called disruptive technologies – those that fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another – provides criminals with new ways to pursue their illegal goals, but also equips law enforcement with powerful tools in the fight against crime. To remain relevant and effective, it is necessary for law ...

  • 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 ...

  • São Paulo subway to deploy surveillance system with facial recognition

    July 17, 2019

    The Brazilian city of São Paulo will see facial recognition technology applied to the surveillance systems of its subway network. The company operating the majority of the city’s subway network, Companhia do Metropolitano de São Paulo (METRO), has launched a tender for a new set-up to replace its current legacy system and a non-integrated estate of ...

  • Turkish diplomat killed in restaurant shooting in Iraqi Kurdistan

    July 17, 2019

    At least two people, including a Turkish diplomat, were killed in a shooting Wednesday at a restaurant in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Erbil in a rare attack in the semi-autonomous region that could raise tensions and Turkish ire. The Asayish, the Kurdish security and intelligence organisation operating in Iraqi Kurdistan, confirmed the deaths of a Turkishdiplomat and a ...

  • Manchester Arena bomber’s brother Hashem Abedi extradited from Libya

    July 17, 2019

    The brother of the suicide bomber who blew himself up at the Manchester Arena in May 2017 killing 22 people has been extradited from Libya to Britain, it has been confirmed. Hashem Abedi, 22, was arrested in the North African country the day after his older brother Salman, detonated a device at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Last ...

  • 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 ...