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  • Russian Hackers Haven’t Stopped Probing The US Power Grid

    November 28, 2018

    In recent years, hacks against the power grid have gone from a mostly theoretical risk to a real-world problem. Two large-scale blackouts in Ukraine caused by Russian cyberattacks in 2015 and 2016 showed just how feasible it is. But grid hacking comes in less dramatic forms as well—which makes Russia’s continued probing of US critical infrastructure all the more alarming. At the CyberwarCon ...

  • China chemical blast: Blast outside Zhangjiakou plant kills 22

    November 28, 2018

    At least 22 people have died and 22 more were injured in a blast outside a chemical factory in northern China. A vehicle carrying chemicals exploded while waiting to enter Hebei Shenghua Chemical Co plant in Zhangjiakou, north of Beijing, initial reports suggest. Photos from the scene showed dozens of burned out cars and trucks lining the ...

  • Security issues posed by ground handling

    November 28, 2018

    In order to ensure safe and efficient practices, labour practices at airports need to be transparent. In a major security lapse, YSR Congress party chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was stabbed by a man inside the Visakhapatnam airport’s VIP lounge in October. According to data tabled in the Parliament on August 8, 27 security lapses were ...

  • Three IDF Soldiers Injured In Car-Ramming Attack In Gush Etzion

    November 26, 2018

    Three IDF soldiers were injured in a suspect car-ramming attack at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank south of Jerusalem, the IDF confirmed on Monday. The military said the troops were hit while they were doing construction work on a road between Beit Ummar and El-Aroub. Magen David Adom paramedics said two were lightly injured ...

  • A SWIFT response to threats: how the global financial network safeguards itself against compromise and theft

    November 26, 2018

    In the digital era, cyber-security is – or should be – a prime concern for Australian organisations of all stripes and sizes. The Australian Cyber Security Centre’s 2017 Threat Report notes the existence of thousands of adversaries around the world, willing to steal information, illegally make profits and undermine their targets. The report notes defending a ...

  • Rethinking Cybersecurity in the healthcare industry

    November 25, 2018

    The sector will always be an ideal target for cybercriminals, and steps are needed in order to protect information One thousand dollars. That is the current potential value for a patient healthcare record on the robust and largely unpoliced Dark Web black market. With the mean size of data breaches in the healthcare industry at roughly ...

  • Blast kills 25 in northern Pakistan as police repel assault on Chinese consulate in Karachi

    November 23, 2018

    A suicide bomber killed 25 people at a market in northern Pakistan just hours after gunmen assaulted the Chinese Consulate in the southern city of Karachi, killing four. The two attacks on opposite sides of the country were likely unconnected, but they underline the myriad security challenges Pakistan faces, including those from separatists as well as ...

  • Huge fire in Orpington, London after bus garage explosion

    November 22, 2018

    A large fire has broken out at a bus depot in south east London with some people in the area reporting explosions. There are currently around 60 firefighters tackling the blaze in Orpington with 11 buses alight, London Fire Brigade said. Witnesses said that they heard explosions at around 4am this morning at the depot. The ...

  • Terror probe after two improvised explosive devices found in London flat

    November 21, 2018

    Police have opened a counter-terror investigation after two improvised explosive devices were discovered in a northwest London flat. Officers were called to the unoccupied address in Harlesden, which was in the process of being refurbished, on Wednesday morning. As a precaution, the block of flats was evacuated and nearby roads were cordoned off while specialist officers assessed ...

  • City of Valdez, Alaska admits to paying off ransomware infection

    November 21, 2018

    Officials from the city of Valdez, Alaska have admitted last week to paying $26,623.97 to hackers after the city’s IT network was crippled by a ransomware infection in July. “Valdez Police Department reached out through our law enforcement channels for assistance with addressing the ransom demand,” said Bart Hinkle, Valdez police chief and operations section ...

  • Google Taking Over Health Records Raises Patient Privacy Fears

    November 21, 2018

    Three years ago, artificial intelligence company DeepMind embarked on a landmark effort to transform health care in the U.K. Now plans by owner Alphabet Inc. to wrap the partnership into its Google search engine business are tripping alarm bells about privacy. Data protection advocates cried foul when the company reversed course on an earlier pledge to keep DeepMind ...

  • Lazarus APT Uses Modular Backdoor to Target Financial Institutions

    November 21, 2018

    The advanced persistent threat group Lazarus with North Korean links has been observed using a modular backdoor during last week to compromise a series of Latin American financial institutions by Trend Micro’s Lenart Bermejo and Joelson Soares. As unearthed by the Trend Micro research team, the APT38 threat group successfully compromised a number of computing systems ...

  • Major Flaws Found in IT Pentagon Processes After First Ever Financial Audit

    November 21, 2018

    The conclusions drawn following the first U.S. Defense Department-wide financial audit are not surprising to anyone given that the Pentagon failed the audit just as expected. “We never thought we were going to pass an audit, right? Everyone was betting against us, that we wouldn’t even do the audit,” told Patrick Shanahan the Deputy Secretary of ...

  • Kabul Suicide Attack: over 40 dead, more than 80 wounded

    November 20, 2018

    The security sources are saying that over 40 people were killed and more than 80 others sustained injuries in a suicide attack in capital Kabul earlier this evening. The Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish confirmed that the incident has taken place in Oranus Hotel. The Ministry of Public Health officials are saying that the attack has left ...

  • Chinese airports prioritize cybersecurity for technology investment

    November 20, 2018

    Airports and airlines in China are increasingly investing in technology to equip new airports and terminals and manage rising passenger numbers, with cybersecurity proving to be top of the agenda for both. The SITA 2018 Air Transport IT Insights for China show that as airline passenger numbers in China rose nearly 13% to more than one billion over ...

  • Security warning: UK critical infrastructure still at risk from devastating cyber attack

    November 19, 2018

    An ongoing failure to act with “meaningful sense of purpose or urgency” in the face of threats posed by cyber criminals and hackers puts critical national infrastructure at unnecessary risk from cyber attacks, a UK Parliamentary committee has warned. The UK experienced a taste of the damage that cyber attacks can cause when the global WannaCry ...

  • TalkTalk hack attack: Friends jailed for cyber crimes

    November 19, 2018

    Two friends who took part in a £77m hack on the TalkTalk website have been jailed. Matthew Hanley, 23, and Connor Allsopp, 21, both from Tamworth in Staffordshire, admitted their roles in the massive 2015 data breach which affected 1.6 million accounts. Hanley, described as a “dedicated hacker”, shared details of more than 8,000 customers with Allsopp. At ...

  • Mumbai: BMC prepares SOP to tackle chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attack

    November 19, 2018

    After monsoon, cyclone and earthquake preparedness, the Mumbai civic body has prepared a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to tackle Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) attacks. The SOP includes an off-site plan, which is Geographic Information System (GIS)-enabled, giving details of shelters, transportation and medical facilities nearby in the event of any such attack. The Brihanmumbai ...

  • Texas hospital becomes victim of Dharma ransomware

    November 19, 2018

    The Altus Baytown Hospital (ABH) has revealed a ransomware outbreak which may have led to the leak of patient data. In a statement on its website, the Texas-based hospital said that ABH discovered an unauthorized threat actor rifling through the organization’s systems on roughly September 3. The “unauthorized party” deployed malicious code and infected the hospital’s systems with a ...

  • GSA proposes new cybersecurity reporting rules for contractors

    November 19, 2018

    The General Services Administration is proposing new rules shaping how contractors protect government information on the IT systems they manage. Tucked in a Friday Federal Register post detailing the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, two proposed rules — GSAR Case 2016-G511 and 2016-G515 — call for amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation to include ...