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  • Why airports can’t stop drones from causing chaos

    January 9, 2019

    London’s Heathrow airport had to suspend flights on Tuesday after drone sightings there, following similar disruptive incidents at Gatwick in December that affected 1,000 flights. The move to suspend flights is understandable. Airports and the airlines that pay them don’t want to see a drone sucked into a jetliner’s engine, or a drone that’s rigged as an explosive ...

  • There’s a cost to not innovating and the public sector risks paying full price

    January 9, 2019

    The public sector, by necessity, has always been constrained when it comes to spending on innovation. Budgets are often tighter and even if they’re not, the public purse is under constant scrutiny from taxpayers and citizens. Regardless, most organisations are moving towards some form of digitisation, and government agencies need to keep pace with the rate ...

  • NHS Digital’s first cyber security chief to resign after three months in role

    January 9, 2019

    NHS Digital’s first chief information security officer, a role established after the WannaCry ransomware attack, has resigned after just three months in the role. In a memo to staff at NHS Digital, seen by Digital Health News, it was announced that Robert Coles would be stepping down from the role for personal reasons. Coles, the former security chief at ...

  • ‘It’s complete chaos’: Brazilian state overwhelmed by rash of gang violence

    January 9, 2019

    Carlos Robério and his colleagues were expecting an attack on their minibus co-op in Fortaleza, north-eastern Brazil. Over the previous few nights, gang members had already destroyed one of their vehicles, and torched dozens of city buses. But when the assault came, there was little Robério could do but watch the CCTV feed as a group of ...

  • Canada: Transport minister issues new rules for drone operators

    January 9, 2019

    Transport Minister Marc Garneau has issued tough new regulations for the use of drones in Canada, from banning drunk droning, to banning drones from flying in airspace near emergency scenes and airports. Drone operators will now have to register their drones and pass an online test to receive certification to continue operating them. These new changes apply ...

  • Police investigating after consulates and embassies in Melbourne and Canberra receive suspicious packages

    January 9, 2019

    Footage showed emergency services workers attended the US, Greek, French, Italian, Indian, New Zealand, Pakistani, Spanish, South Korean and Swiss consulates in Melbourne. They also attended an incident at the South Melbourne building where the Consulate General of Turkey is based. It comes two days after the ABC understands the Argentinian consulate in Sydney was sent three ...

  • Disease outbreak news: Yellow fever – Nigeria

    January 9, 2019

    On 22 November 2018, the World Health Organization was informed of a cluster of suspected Yellow fever (YF) cases and deaths in Edo State, Nigeria. Edo State is located less than 400km from Lagos on a dense population movement axis between Lagos and South-Eastern Nigeria. Edo State is also a known endemic area for Lassa ...

  • Shipping Firms Speared with Targeted ‘Whaling’ Attacks

    January 8, 2019

    Scammers are honing in on the shipping industry, using “whaling,” a.k.a. business email compromise (BEC) attacks, to scoop up credentials, or worse, compromise critical systems. Hackers are launching whaling attacks to target various types of employees with some serious online (and sometimes telephone-based) social-engineering research under their belts, Pen Test Partners researchers said in a Tuesday post. Whaling is nothing new, but ...

  • Heathrow departures grounded after drone spotted

    January 8, 2019

    Just weeks after a reported drone sighting wreaked havoc at Gatwick, all departures have been grounded at Heathrow after one of the airborne gadgets was spotted at the airport. The airport tweeted: “We are responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow and are working closely with the Met Police to prevent any threat to operational safety. “As ...

  • New Hyundai concept could be the first responder of the future

    January 8, 2019

    It sounds like a whacky concept, but Hyundai’s four-legged car has a serious role to play in rescuing people from natural disasters. The maker will reveal its plans for a natural disaster master at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Car companies are increasingly becoming involved in CES, recognising the opportunity it presents to ...

  • Hacker sent messages to thousands of Australians after compromising early warning system

    January 8, 2019

    A hacker sent unauthorised warning messages to thousands of Australians over the weekend after compromising an official Early Warning Network. The attacker compromised a login with illicitly gained credentials and used it to send out alerts warning subscribers about the system’s security. The messages were sent on Friday night via email, text and landline to subscribers of ...

  • Philippines: IED explosion rocks Zamboanga Sibugay town

    January 7, 2019

    The police are conducting an in-depth investigation to identify the people behind the twin explosions of an improvised explosive device (IED) near the residence of a government official in Zamboanga Sibugay on Sunday, January 6. Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, Police Regional Office-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer, said militiaman assigned as security officer of Tungawan municipal councilor Lorverle ...

  • With government shutdown threatening paychecks, more TSA agents calling out sick

    January 7, 2019

    It’s not unusual for airport security agents tasked with screening passengers to call-out sick in noticeable numbers after the holidays. But with a partial government shutdown entering its third week — and threatening to deny the nation’s 51,000 Transportation Security Administration employees involved in the screening process a paycheck come Friday — the idea that more and more ...

  • Airstrike Kills Plotter of Deadly Bombing of U.S.S. Cole

    January 6, 2019

    An American airstrike in Yemen last week killed one of the suspected plotters of the deadly Qaeda bombing of the United States Navy destroyer Cole in 2000, President Trump and military officials confirmed on Sunday. On Friday, the military’s Central Command said it had conducted a strike on Tuesday in the Marib Province of Yemen that ...

  • Egypt policeman killed defusing bomb near Coptic church

    January 6, 2019

    A policeman has been killed trying to defuse a bomb outside a Coptic Christian church in Egypt, security officials say. Mustafa Abid was reportedly a specialist in mine clearance. The explosion injured two other officers and an onlooker. The device was one of two hidden in a bag on a roof by the church in Nasr City ...

  • 6 Russians kidnapped after pirates attack vessel near Benin – Maritime authority

    January 5, 2019

    Six sailors were kidnapped when pirates attacked a ship with a Russian crew off the coast of Benin in West Africa, Russia’s Maritime and River Transport agency confirmed. A group of seven to nine attackers, armed with firearms and blades boarded the Panama-flagged MSC Mandy on Tuesday night, according to the maritime authority and the Russian embassy in ...

  • Angela Merkel’s personal details leaked on Twitter

    January 4, 2019

    An unknown hacker has released confidential data linked to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and hundreds of the country’s other politicians. The stolen details were released on Twitter over the past few weeks in a sort of Advent Calendar and included bills and credit card information, phone numbers, email addresses, photo identification and personal chat histories. The Twitter ...

  • Dublin’s Luas tram system threatened with private data leak

    January 3, 2019

    Hackers have threatened Dublin’s tram system Luas with the leak of private data should the company fail to pay a ransom in Bitcoin. On Thursday, the tram service provider, operational in Ireland, informed customers of the security incident in a message posted to Twitter, saying that the website was “compromised” and a “malicious message was put on ...

  • UK, Australia Raise Security Warnings after Bombing in Southern Philippines

    January 2, 2019

    Britain and Australia have cautioned their citizens against traveling to the southern Philippines in the wake of a bombing that killed two people and injured more than three dozen at a shopping mall in Cotabato City on New Year’s Eve. The military said it suspected that Islamic militants carried out Monday’s attack to retaliate for intensified ...

  • Six killed in train accident on bridge linking Denmark islands

    January 2, 2019

    Six people have been killed and several others injured in a train accident on a bridge connecting two main islands in Denmark. A passenger train was hit by cargo or tarpaulin from a freight train travelling in the opposite direction. Police said 16 people were injured, out of a total of 131 passengers and three crew on ...