News

 


  • Nine dead after Turkish high-speed train crashes in Ankara

    December 13, 2018

    Nine people have been killed and 47 injured after a Turkish high-speed train crashed into an overpass in the country’s capital. The crash was caused by a collision with a local train, Ankara governor Vasip Sahin said. Speaking to reporters at the scene, Mr Sahin said the high-speed train, which was travelling to the central province of ...

  • Strasbourg shooting: Gunman at large after two killed and 11 injured

    December 11, 2018

    Two people have been killed and 11 others wounded in a shooting in the eastern French city of Strasbourg. The gunman, known to security services, is on the run and is being hunted by police. He had been injured in an exchange of gunfire with a soldier, police said. The shooting happened close to a Christmas market ...

  • 25% of NHS trusts have zilch, zip, zero staff who are versed in security

    December 11, 2018

    A quarter of NHS trusts in the UK responding to a Freedom of Information request have no staff with security qualifications, despite some employing up to 16,000 people. On average, trusts employ one qualified security professional for every 2,582 employees, according to Freedom of Information requests submitted by penetration testing firm Redscan. Trusts were asked about their ...

  • Russian Critical Infrastructure Targeted by Profit-Driven Cybercriminals

    December 11, 2018

    Several critical infrastructure organizations in Russia have been targeted by hackers believed to be financially-motivated cybercriminals rather than state-sponsored cyberspies. An analysis of malicious Word documents led researchers at endpoint security firm Cylance to discover fake websites set up to impersonate the legitimate sites of Russian oil giant Rosneft and two dozen other major Russian companies. ...

  • Financial Conduct Authority warns asset management industry facing cyber risks

    December 10, 2018

    The asset management industry suffers from a lack of expertise and preparedness with regard to cyber security, and is risking “serious harm to its clients” and the wider market, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned. In a multi-firm review of the asset management and wholesale banking sectors published today (10 December), the FCA also found an overreliance ...

  • Saipem servers suffer cyber attack in Middle East

    December 10, 2018

    Italian oil services company Saipem (SPMI.MI) said it had identified a cyber attack out of India on Monday that had primarily affected its servers in the Middle East. “We are collecting all the elements useful for assessing the impact on our infrastructures and the actions to be taken to restore normal activities,” the firm said in ...

  • Market volatility: Fake news spooks trading algorithms

    December 10, 2018

    Fake news and inaccurate headlines may have contributed to recent stock market volatility, as trading algorithms try to interpret market-related news. Hugh Son, at CNBC reported that in a note written to clients by J.P. Morgan Chase’s top quant, Marko Kolanovic, blamed a media landscape that’s a mix of real and fake news, which makes it easy for others ...

  • US Office of Personnel Management Still Vulnerable to Hacking According to GAO

    December 10, 2018

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management failed to implement about a third of the 80 information security recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) following a data breach announced during 2015. According to the report sent to the U.S. Congress by GAO, “In summary, OPM has made progress in implementing our recommendations for improving its security posture, ...

  • Europol Hits Darknet Ring That Shipped Counterfeit Money All Over Europe

    December 10, 2018

    A large part of a group that was selling counterfeit Euro banknotes, drugs, and other illegal assets through a dark web marketplace was dismembered following 300 house searches and the apprehension of 235 suspects from 13 different European countries. The joint operation between Europol and multiple law enforcement agencies from various European countries started on 19 ...

  • Homemade bombs, shootings at southern Iraq oil fields

    December 7, 2018

    Local disputes following field protests raise tension in Iraq’s key oil provinces. Improvised explosive devices (IED) were found in the vicinity of two oil fields in southern Iraq this week, a discovery that occurred in conjunction with a shooting at another oil field as well as renewed protests over a lack of jobs and services. On Thursday, ...

  • Eastern European banks lose tens of millions of dollars in Hollywood-style hacks

    December 7, 2018

    Cyber-criminal gangs are believed to have stolen tens of millions of dollars from at least eight banks in Eastern Europe using tactics usually seen only in Hollywood movies. These “hacks” consisted of cyber-criminals entering bank offices to inspect and then leave malicious devices connected to the bank’s network. Russian cyber-security firm Kaspersky Lab, which was called to ...

  • Japan looking at banning Huawei and ZTE from government deals

    December 7, 2018

    Japan is reportedly set to effectively ban government purchases of telecommunications products from China’s Huawei and ZTE over fears of intelligence leaks and cyber attacks. The government is expected to revise its internal rules on procurement as early as Monday, the Yomiuri newspaper reported on Friday. Japan is unlikely to name the two companies, to avoid aggravating ...

  • Security Threats and Risks in Smart Factories

    December 6, 2018

    Smart factories are manifestations of how the industrial internet of things (IIoT) is changing traditional manufacturing. Organizations in the manufacturing sector already have a basic understanding of what smart factories are as well as their capabilities and the advantages and challenges of building them. A pivotal change to adapt to technological advances like smart factories requires a huge budget, ...

  • Australia now has encryption-busting laws as Labor capitulates

    December 6, 2018

    Labor has backed down completely on its opposition to the Assistance and Access Bill, and in the process has been totally outfoxed by a government that can barely control the floor of Parliament. After proposing a number of amendments to the Bill, which Labor party members widely called out as being inappropriate in the House of Representatives on Thursday ...

  • Police investigating right-wing activity arrest three men on terror charges

    December 6, 2018

    Police investigating extreme right-wing activity in the UK have arrested three men on terrorism charges. Those arrested are a 17-year-old from London, a 21-year-old from Bath and an 18-year-old from Portsmouth. Police said the arrests, made by officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, were pre-planned. Searches are ongoing at properties in Bath, London, Portsmouth and Leeds, ...

  • 02 urgently investigating as data services stop working

    December 6, 2018

    02 is investigating with “high priority” after its data services went down, with tens of millions of users potentially affected. The problem is also affecting customers of Sky Mobile, Tesco Mobile, Lyca Mobile and GiffGaff – which all use 02’s infrastructure. The network said on Thursday morning: “Our technical teams are investigating reports of issues when using ...

  • BT bars Huawei’s 5G kit from core of network

    December 5, 2018

    BT has said it will not use Huawei’s equipment within the heart of its 5G mobile network when it is rolled out in the UK. The British firm, however, still plans to use the Chinese company’s phone mast antennas and other products deemed not to be at the “core” of the service. BT also confirmed that it ...

  • ‘London Blue’ Fraud Group Targets Financial Services Industry

    December 5, 2018

    The group is carrying out targeted financial scams on a large scale, with a hit list of 35,000 chief financial officers in the UK, the US and elsewhere A hacking group called “London Blue” has gathered a list of some 35,000 chief financial officers,  some of whom work for the world’s largest financial services firms, as ...

  • National Republican Congressional Committee Hacked – Emails Exposed

    December 4, 2018

    The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) discovered this April 2018 that they were hacked and an unauthorized third-party had access to the email accounts of four senior aides. This past April, the NRCC’s managed security service provider (MSSP) detected that an unauthorized third-party had access to an NRCC system. They then contacted the FBI and their ...

  • TSA unveils cyber roadmap

    December 4, 2018

    The Transportation Security Administration unveiled a cybersecurity roadmap that it says will not only line it up with current administration cybersecurity efforts, but also expand its collaboration with private commercial critical infrastructure partners. TSA Administrator David Pekoske announced the roadmap that will guide its cybersecurity policy for the next five years in remarks at the American ...