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  • Far-Right Terrorism Has Increased 320 Percent in Just 4 Years, Extremism Watchdog Warns

    November 20, 2019

    The annual report from conflict watchdog the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) has found that while the number of deaths from terrorism is falling, more countries were affected by terrorist violence in 2018 than in 2017. The 2019 Global Terrorism Index showed a general downwards trend in the number of attacks, deaths and economic damage ...

  • Ransomware hits Louisiana state government systems

    November 19, 2019

    A ransomware infection today took down IT systems and websites managed by the Louisiana state government, Governor John Bel Edwards revealed in a series of tweets. “Today, we activated the state’s cybersecurity team in response to an attempted ransomware attack that is affecting some state servers. The Office of Technology Services identified a cybersecurity threat that ...

  • Australia releases draft IoT cybersecurity code of practice

    November 19, 2019

    The Australian government has released a draft code of practice for securing the Internet of Things (IoT), with a public consultation running until 1 March 2020. The voluntary Code of Practice: Securing the Internet of Things for Consumers, published on Tuesday, is intended to provide industry with best-practice advice. It will apply to all IoT devices available in ...

  • UN strengthens ties with Eurasia regional body to tackle terrorism and crime

    November 19, 2019

    The UN chief said these interconnected issues are important to the stability and security of SCO member states “Breaking up trafficking organizations and addressing the criminal use of fixed routes is crucial to countering movements of foreign terrorist fighters and arms, including to and from Iraq and Syria”, he said. “Our two organizations are also committed to ...

  • Yemen’s Houthi rebels seize Saudi Arabian ship in Red Sea

    November 19, 2019

    A Saudi Arabian tugboat was seized by Yemen‘s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels on Sunday, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency SPA. The vessel was towing a South Korean drilling rig in the south of the Red Sea when it “fell under hijacking and armed robbery by two boats,” Saudi military spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki told a news ...

  • Berlin terrorism suspect worked at primary school

    November 19, 2019

    Police in Berlin on Tuesday arrested a 26-year-old Syrian man accused of planning an Islamist attack, with prosecutors saying he had begun to acquire chemical materials for a bomb. The accused man, Abdullah H., exchanged instructions on ways to manufacture weapons and explosives with other suspected Islamists in a chat group on the Telegram messaging app, Berlin prosecutors ...

  • China records third case of plague this month

    November 18, 2019

    A 55-year-old man has become the third person to be diagnosed with a form of plague in China this month. The unnamed man, from the rural village of Xilingol League, became infected with bubonic plague after killing and eating a wild rabbit on 5 November. He is being treated at a hospital in the city of Huade ...

  • Is agriculture at risk from cyber crime?

    November 18, 2019

    Most media coverage about cyber-crime shares horrendous examples of how individuals or families’ lives have been ruined by ruthless scams. This is no different in the agriculture sector. Cyber crime has become a major industry – and the cyber security industry has grown rapidly to tackle the scale of the problem. The Office of National Statistics estimates ...

  • Indonesia: Mass arrests after IS-linked suicide bombing

    November 18, 2019

    ndonesian police have arrested at least 43 suspected militants in relation to an attack on a police station last week. A suicide bomber with alleged links to “Islamic State” killed himself and wounded six others. Indonesian police arrested 43 suspected militants on Monday believed to be linked to a suicide attack last week. The suicide bomber killed himself ...

  • The energy industry practices for a ‘black swan’ cyberattack that could take down the grid

    November 16, 2019

    More than 6,500 government officials and big players in the energy sector came together this week to conduct a simulated cyberattack on the electrical grid. The event is called GridEx, and takes place every two years. It imagines the U.S. under attack from a foreign country, through the power grid. It’s a scenario that planners say is ...

  • Maine hosts regional National Guard disaster response training

    November 15, 2019

    Approximately 160 Soldiers and Airmen from Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island took part in a semi-annual exercise at the former naval air station Nov. 5-7. The participants were all members of the New England CERFP, a regional team that can be called upon to assist first responders by providing additional support and assets in the ...

  • DJI’s rogue drone app helps pinpoint a pilot’s precise location

    November 14, 2019

    Popular drone manufacturer DJI has announced plans to launch a software update that will force its drones to broadcast their information which would include the pilot’s precise location. The company said the new “drone-to-phone remote identification” tool will be available to anyone looking to find out information of nearby flying drones in a bid to increase ...

  • Mosquito sterilization offers new opportunity to control chikungunya, dengue, and Zika

    November 14, 2019

    A technique that sterilizes male mosquitoes using radiation will soon be tested as part of global health efforts to control diseases such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika. The Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) is a form of insect birth control.  The process involves rearing large quantities of sterilized male mosquitoes in dedicated facilities, and then releasing them to ...

  • South American Air Forces Focus On Cybersecurity

    November 14, 2019

    South American air forces’ chiefs seek mutual solutions to current cyber and space security challenges, as well as transnational threats. “Cooperation as a Strategy Towards Progress” was the opening theme of the South American Air Chiefs and Senior Enlisted Leader Conference, held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, on November 4-8, 2019. For the ...

  • Lessons from the cyberattack on India’s largest nuclear power plant

    November 14, 2019

    Indian officials acknowledged on October 30th that a cyberattack occurred at the country’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant. An Indian private cybersecurity researcher had tweeted about the breach three days earlier, prompting Indian authorities to initially deny that it had occurred before admitting that the intrusion had been discovered in early September and that efforts were underway to respond to it. According to last Monday’s Washington Post, Kudankulam ...

  • Earthquake hits France’s nuclear power output

    November 14, 2019

    French electricity giant EDF on Thursday cut its forecast for nuclear energy production this year after suspending operations at an atomic plant in the south of the country following a highly unusual earthquake. EDF took three reactors at the Cruas plant in the Ardeche region offline after Monday’s earthquake, which had a magnitude of 5.4 and was ...

  • UN chief: Terrorists strengthen foothold in Africa’s Sahel

    November 14, 2019

    Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning that terrorist groups have strengthened their foothold across Africa’s Sahel region, which is experiencing escalating violence. The U.N. chief said in a report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Wednesday that the expanding foothold is “making large swaths of territory unstable and stoking ethnic, violence, especially in Burkina Faso and Mali.” Guterres ...

  • APT33 Mounts Focused, Highly Targeted Botnet Attacks Against U.S. Victims

    November 14, 2019

    The Iran-linked, espionage-focused advanced threat group known as APT33 has been spotted using more than a dozen obfuscated botnets to carry out narrowly targeted attacks against government and academic targets in the Middle East, the U.S. and Asia. Each botnet, linked to its own command-and-control (C2) server, comprises a small group of up to a dozen ...

  • Home Office app for EU citizens vulnerable to hackers

    November 14, 2019

    An app developed by the Home Office to help EU nationals apply to live in the UK post-Brexit can be exploited by hackers to steal sensitive data. Flaws in the ‘EU Exit: ID document check’ app could allow an attacker to take control of the app or get a glimpse of the information being entered into it in ...

  • British IS terror suspect arrested at Heathrow after Turkey deportation

    November 14, 2019

    A man has been arrested at Heathrow airport after Turkey said it had deported a British Islamic State suspect. Scotland Yard said the 26-year-old was held “on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts under section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006”, adding that it was “Syria-related”. The man arrived on Thursday “on an inbound flight to the ...