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  • Pakistan train fire: Karachi to Rawalpindi service blaze kills dozens

    October 31, 2019

    At least 74 passengers have died after a train travelling between the Pakistani cities of Karachi to Rawalpindi caught fire. Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said the fire was caused by the explosion of a gas cylinder being used by passengers cooking breakfast. The blaze is thought to have spread to at least three carriages. According to ...

  • Cyber-attack hits Utah wind and solar energy provider

    October 31, 2019

    sPower, a Utah-based renewable energy provider, is in the unenvied posture of holding two unwanted titles. First, the company is the first-ever US provider of solar and wind renewable energy to have been the victim of a cyber-attack. Second, the company is the first US power grid operator that is known to have lost connection with its ...

  • USAF Cyber Unit Launches Effort to Simplify Cyber Systems

    October 30, 2019

    Air Force Cyber, also known as the 16th Air Force, has commenced an effort to boost the efficiency of tools within cyber weapon systems. The 12N12 program, launched in July, seeks to consolidate tools that analysts use to support cyberspace missions by July 1 next year, the U.S. Air Force said Tuesday. “The goal is to reduce the number of applications in ...

  • Industrial Control Systems, Cyber Security and Hygiene

    October 30, 2019

    SamSam, Shamoon, Stuxnet and Triton are just some of the popular viruses that have been targeted at Industrial Control Systems (ICS). They have caused a lot of damage. Triton’s purpose was causing loss of life; now, that is serious. In the IT security environment, we do not hear about cyberattacks causing loss of life but ...

  • J-WAFS zeroes in on food security as agricultural impacts of the climate crisis become more apparent

    October 30, 2019

    Early this August, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued yet another in a series of grave and disquieting reports outlining the extreme challenges placed on the Earth’s systems by the climate crisis. Most IPCC reports and accompanying media coverage tend to emphasize greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy and transportation sectors, along with ...

  • Kudankulam nuclear plant confirms malware, denies cyber attack

    October 30, 2019

    The Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) has issued a statement confirming the presence of malware in its system at the Kudankulam nuclear plant. The NPCIL said “identification of malware in NPCIL system was correct” but the affected system was not connected to the main plant system. This after speculation that the nuclear power plant experienced a cyber attack, ...

  • One cyber attack can cost major APAC ports $110B

    October 30, 2019

    One single cyber attack has the potential to cost major Asia-Pacific ports upwards of $110 billion in damages, a figure that is equivalent to half of total losses incurred from global natural disasters last year. This can occur in an “extreme” scenario during which a virus infects 15 major ports across Singapore, China, Japan, South ...

  • What is spoofing and how can you ensure GPS security?

    October 30, 2019

    As technological advances make GPS/GNSS devices more affordable, our lives are becoming increasingly dependent on precise positioning and timing. The aviation sector has been using precise positioning GNSS for decades to help guide airplanes in landing approaches especially during difficult weather conditions. The American WAAS and the European EGNOS are SBAS reference networks which provide airplanes ...

  • Salmonella outbreak tied to pig-ear dog treats appears over after sickening 154 people

    October 30, 2019

    A multi-state salmonella outbreak tied to pig-ear dog treats that sickened 154 people appears to be over, according to government health officials. Both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have dropped their warnings against purchasing the treats, other than those previously recalled. Those stricken in the outbreak lived ...

  • Manchester incident: Men arrested on suspicion of ‘planning terror attack’ as bomb squad examines car

    October 30, 2019

    Police have arrested two men in Manchester on suspicion of preparing an act of terrorism, as bomb disposal experts examine a car. Greater Manchester Police said the pair were seen “acting suspiciously” on Chapel Street in Salford at around 2.30pm on Wednesday. They were stopped in a vehicle in nearby Deansgate, which runs through a busy shopping and nightlife district ...

  • Major vulnerability patched in the EU’s eIDAS authentication system

    October 29, 2019

    European authorities have released today a patch for the eIDAS system. The patch fixes two security flaws that could allow an attacker to pose as any EU citizen or business during official transactions. eIDAS stands for electronic IDentification, Authentication and trust Services. It is a very complex, cryptographically-secured electronic system for managing electronic transactions and digital signatures between EU member states, ...

  • Grenfell Tower fire: ‘Systemic failures’ in fire brigade’s response

    October 29, 2019

    The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has been condemned for “serious shortcomings” and systemic failures in its response to the Grenfell Tower fire, in a report after the first phase of an inquiry. Fewer people would have died in the 2017 fire if the LFB had taken certain actions earlier, the report by inquiry chairman Sir Martin ...

  • UK deploys digital forensics unit to crack down on smuggled devices in jails

    October 29, 2019

    The UK Ministry of Justice has announced a new digital forensics unit and an enlarged digital investigations team to curb criminal activities of smuggling devices into jails. The ministry said that the new digital forensics lab will be equipped with the latest technology to analyse the increasing number of mobile phones caught hold of in prisons. ...

  • Global alliance addresses OT security threats

    October 29, 2019

    The Operational Technology Cyber Security Alliance (OTCSA), a new global alliance focused on cyber security, has been launched. It has been established to help companies address the OT security challenges that continue to put operations, and consequently, business at risk. Cyber-attacks on critical and industrial infrastructure are on the rise, impacting operational reliability and business risk ...

  • Discover the spray used by Belgian police to train specialist dogs at airports

    October 29, 2019

    The explosive TATP has been used in several deadly terrorist attacks over the past two decades, which is why it is important that police are able to detect it. But the substance is extremely dangerous to handle, making it difficult to train police dogs or to test detector devices in crowded places like airports. That’s why European ...

  • Cybercriminals Impersonate Russian APT ‘Fancy Bear’ to Launch DDoS Attacks

    October 28, 2019

    Cybercriminals posing as the Russian APT group Fancy Bear have been launching DDoS attacks against companies in the financial sector and demanding ransom payments, according to a new report. The large-scale, multi-vector DDoS attacks come with accompanying ransom letter. They started about a week ago against financial companies mainly located in Singapore, South Africa, and some ...

  • UniCredit Suffers Third Breach Despite Investing Billions in Cybersecurity

    October 28, 2019

    Despite investing 2.4 billion euros since 2016 to upgrade its cybersecurity profile, Italian banking institution UniCredit has suffered its third recent data breach, this time impacting 3 million customers. The company said in a short data breach announcement on its website that names, telephone numbers, email addresses and cities where clients were registered were exposed via unauthorized access ...

  • Ebola outbreaks: UCL-developed model may predict next one

    October 27, 2019

    The next Ebola outbreak could be predicted using a new UCL-developed model that tracks how changes to ecosystems and human societies combine to affect the spread of the deadly infectious disease. The model could help policymakers to decide where to target vaccine deployment, or develop healthcare infrastructure, to reduce the risk of zoonotic disease outbreaks – ...

  • Essex lorry deaths: Three bailed as work to identify 39 victims goes on

    October 27, 2019

    Three people arrested in connection with the deaths of 39 people found dead inside a lorry in Essex have been released on bail. The suspects, two men and a woman, had been held on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people after the discovery in Grays last Wednesday. Lorry driver Maurice Robinson, 25, is due to ...

  • U.N., UNICEF, Red Cross Under Ongoing Mobile Attack

    October 25, 2019

    An ongoing, mobile-focused phishing campaign is targeting the United Nations and several humanitarian aid organizations, including UNICEF, the Red Cross and UN World Food. The campaign is using landing pages signed by SSL certificates, to create legitimate-looking Microsoft Office 365 login pages. The unusual aspect of the campaign is that it identifies mobile devices; once detected, ...