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  • Cyber security review may spell end for Huawei 5G deal

    May 24, 2020

    The National Cyber Security Centre in the UK is expected to conclude that US sanctions against Huawei will make it impossible to use the Chinese company’s technology as planned for 5G networks. The emergency review, announced on Sunday, is designed to pave the way for Downing Street to push for the total elimination of Huawei equipment in British ...

  • Auckland Council sniffer dogs keeping Rakino Island pest-free

    May 23, 2020

    After weeks of lockdown, Auckland Council sniffer dogs are back on the frontline, protecting the Hauraki Gulf’s outer islands from stowaway pests. While they were off duty, locals had to rely on their local ‘taxi’ operators to act as pseudo-biosecurity officers. Just like us, little Rosie the dog has been cooped up at home in lockdown. But ...

  • Analysis of Ebola-related tweets uncovers strong ties between politics, discord, and misinformation

    May 23, 2020

    A new study published in BMC Public Health sheds light on the politicization of disease outbreaks. The research examined thousands of messages sent on the social media platform Twitter shortly after the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the United States. “One of my areas of focus in my work is public health communication as an important component ...

  • U.S. discussed conducting its first nuclear test in decades, Washington Post reports

    May 23, 2020

    The Trump administration discussed last week whether to conduct its first nuclear test explosion since 1992, the Washington Post reported late on Friday, citing a senior official and two former officials familiar with the matter. The topic surfaced at a meeting of senior officials representing the top national security agencies after accusations from the administration that ...

  • Why we might not get a coronavirus vaccine

    May 22, 2020

    It would be hard to overstate the importance of developing a vaccine to Sars-CoV-2 – it’s seen as the fast track to a return to normal life. That’s why the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said the UK was “throwing everything at it”. But while trials have been launched and manufacturing deals already signed – Oxford University ...

  • China Pledges Reform of Outbreak Reporting After Virus Delays

    May 22, 2020

    China will reform its system for disease prevention and control, improving mechanisms for direct and early reporting of outbreaks of infectious disease, said Premier Li Keqiang in an annual policy address on Friday. The reforms will “ensure prompt, open and transparent release of epidemic information,” said Li, without elaborating on what changes would be made. The pledge ...

  • China: More cybersecurity protection stressed for new infrastructure

    May 22, 2020

    China should set up a cybersecurity protection system for new infrastructure, formulate a national 5G security strategy as soon as possible, and accelerate steps to ensure the security of industrial internet, said Zhou Hongyi, chairman and CEO of 360 Security Group. In his proposal to the third session of the 13th National Committee of the Chinese ...

  • Four agencies warn banks and customers of COVID-19 scams

    May 22, 2020

    Four federal agencies issued a joint alert May 21 warning that cybercriminals and other adversaries are using coronavirus-related lures to scam taxpayers and attempt to disrupt operations of institutions responding to the ongoing pandemic. The alert, sent out by the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of ...

  • T-Mobile offers first responder agencies free unlimited service for 10 years

    May 21, 2020

    T-Mobile today launched its “Connecting Heroes” program, offering free unlimited mobile service, including 5G, to first responder agencies nationwide in a 10-year commitment. The initiative is open to all public and non-profit state and local agencies that provide police, fire or EMT services. The plan includes unlimited smartphone talk, text, and data, including 5G access, with 1 ...

  • Airline Industry Applauds New EASA Health Guidelines

    May 21, 2020

    Global aviation groups roundly applauded the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s new set of health guidelines for airlines and airports. The guidelines, issued late Wednesday, outline overlying principles of physical distancing, wearing medical face masks to protect other passengers, and practicing “scrupulous and frequent” hand hygiene. Separately, it noted that industry must assure air passengers and the ...

  • TSA prepared for summer travelers with updated security procedures

    May 21, 2020

    WASHINGTON – With the Memorial Day holiday weekend kicking off the start of summer, the Transportation Security Administration is preparing a very different travel season given the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. TSA has implemented changes to the security screening process that reduce the potential for cross-contamination at the security checkpoint in an effort to help prevent ...

  • Europe WILL be hit by a second wave of coronavirus because so few people on the continent have any immunity, warns EU’s boss on disease control

    May 21, 2020

    Europe will be hit by a second wave of coronavirus – it’s just a question of when and how big, according to the EU’s boss on disease control. Dr Andrea Ammon urged the continent to prepare for another crisis, which she said was inevitable because so few people will have developed COVID-19 immunity. Studies suggest less than 15 per ...

  • Coronavirus: Serco apologises for sharing contact tracers’ email addresses

    May 20, 2020

    Outsourcing firm Serco has apologised after accidentally sharing the email addresses of almost 300 contact tracers. The company is training staff to trace cases of Covid-19 for the UK government. It made the error when it emailed new trainees to tell them about training. Serco said it had apologised and would review its processes “to make sure that ...

  • UK: Terror suspects could face indefinite curbs under new legislation

    May 20, 2020

    Court orders restricting the movements of suspected terrorists could be renewed indefinitely under new legislation unveiled by the government. The bill would lower the standard of proof to impose the orders, known as TPims, and remove the current two-year limit that applies to them. Suspects would also have to register all electronic devices at their home address. Read ...

  • AusPost reported 300 cyber incidents this year, but nothing to cause major disruption

    May 19, 2020

    Australia Post has seen around 300 cyber incidents so far this year, but it said none were enough to cause the government-owned entity to suffer the same fate as the likes of Toll. Addressing the Joint Committee on Public Accounts and Audit on Tuesday, Australia Post chief information security officer Glenn Stuttard said from January 1 ...

  • Easyjet hacked: 9 million people’s data accessed plus 2,200 credit card details grabbed

    May 19, 2020

    Budget British airline Easyjet has been hacked, it has told the stock markets, admitting nine million people’s details were accessed and more than 2,000 customers’ credit card details stolen. Some information about the attack was released to the London Stock Exchange by the company, which claimed it had been targeted by “a highly sophisticated source”. Email addresses and “travel ...

  • Beer rating app reveals homes and identities of spies and military bods

    May 19, 2020

    A beer and pub-rating app built off the back of Foursquare’s location-tracking API poses a risk to the security of military and intelligence personnel, according to legendary OSINT website Bellingcat. Untappd ‘has over eight million mostly European and North American users, and its features allow researchers to uncover sensitive information about said users at military and ...

  • Face masks prompt London police to consider pause in rollout of facial recognition cameras

    May 18, 2020

    The rollout of facial recognition cameras in London is facing disruption as citizens are now using face coverings that could potentially incapacitate the technology. The United Kingdom has been a keen adopter of surveillance technology including facial recognition cameras in recent years, despite concerns that widespread spying erodes citizen rights to privacy. Last year, the Information Commissioner’s ...

  • UK: Man jailed for making hoax bomb threats across Fylde coast including Blackpool Tower

    May 17, 2020

    A man who made repeated hoax bomb threats against landmarks including Blackpool Tower and the Winter Gardens has been jailed. On one occasion, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was evacuated and searched following a false claim made by Aidan Robertson, of Dickson Road, Blackpool. The 36-year-old was sentenced to three and a half years in prison after pleading guilty ...

  • Pirates Attack British-flagged Tanker off Yemen

    May 17, 2020

    Pirates attacked a British-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Yemen Sunday, causing some minor damage but no injuries. Operators of the Stolt Apel say six gunmen in two separate speedboats sped toward the tanker about 140 kilometers off Yemen in the Gulf of Aden. Armed guards aboard the boat returned fire, disabling one of the speedboats. A ...