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  • Islamic State supporter admits plotting to bomb St Paul’s Cathedral

    February 21, 2020

    A female supporter of the Islamic State terror group has pleaded guilty to plotting to bomb St Paul’s Cathedral and a hotel. Safiyya Amira Shaikh, 36, from Hayes, Middlesex, admitted preparation of terrorist acts and dissemination of terrorist publications at a hearing at the Old Bailey. Shaikh, a Muslim convert, had contacted someone who could prepare explosives ...

  • ObliqueRAT linked to threat group launching attacks against government targets

    February 21, 2020

    Researchers have uncovered a new Remote Access Trojan (RAT) that appears to be the handiwork of a threat group specializing in attacks against government and diplomatic targets. On Thursday, Cisco Talos researchers said the malware, dubbed ObliqueRAT, is being deployed in a new campaign focused on targets in Southeast Asia. The latest campaign started in January 2020 and ...

  • Croatia’s largest petrol station chain impacted by cyber-attack

    February 20, 2020

    A security incident described as “a cyber-attack” has crippled some business operations at INA Group, Croatia’s biggest oil company, and its largest petrol station chain. The attack took place last Friday, on February 14, at 22:00, local time, the company said. Multiple sources have told ZDNet the cyber-attack is a ransomware infection that infected and then encrypted ...

  • BlueKeep Flaw Plagues Outdated Connected Medical Devices

    February 19, 2020

    While Microsoft issued patches for the infamous BlueKeep vulnerability almost a year ago, researchers warn that almost half of connected medical devices in hospitals run on outdated Windows versions that are still vulnerable to the remote desktop protocol (RDP) flaw. Researchers said they found that 22 percent of a typical hospital’s Windows devices were vulnerable to BlueKeep. Even ...

  • Libya: LNA says Tripoli port attack targeted Turkish weapons

    February 19, 2020

    Rebel group the Libyan National Army (LNA) says it bombed a vessel carrying weapons from Turkey in Tripoli’s port, an attack that led the UN-recognised government to call off peace negotiations in Switzerland. The Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) pulled out of the talks after a barrage of rocket fire on Tuesday hit the key ...

  • WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation report – 30

    February 19, 2020

    No new countries reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. WHO is working with an international network of statisticians and mathematical modelers to estimate key epidemiologic parameters of COVID19, such as the incubation period (the time between infection and symptom onset), case fatality ratio (CFR, the proportion of cases that die), and the serial ...

  • Gunmen attack bus in Mandera County, Kenya

    February 19, 2020

    A Moyale Raha bus headed to Nairobi from Mandera was Wednesday attacked by suspected Al-Shabaab militants. At least three passengers were killed in the attack which occurred at Sarman area in Mandera North County. The management of Moyale Raha bus company said the vehicle left Mandera town in the morning and was sprayed with bullets while on ...

  • 737 Max: Debris found in new planes’ fuel tanks

    February 19, 2020

    Boeing’s crisis-hit 737 Max jetliner faces a new potential safety issue as debris has been found in the fuel tanks of several new planes which were in storage, awaiting delivery to airlines. The head of Boeing’s 737 programme has told employees that the discovery was “absolutely unacceptable”. A Boeing spokesman said the company did not see the ...

  • Egypt building new wall along Gaza border

    February 18, 2020

    Egyptian security and military forces are working around the clock to build a new concrete wall on the Egyptian side of the border with the besieged Gaza Strip which they aim to have completed by mid-2020, Palestinian sources told Middle East Eye. Egypt embarked on the first stage of construction on 27 January in the area ...

  • Singapore to spend $719m beefing up government’s cyber, data security systems

    February 18, 2020

    The Singapore government will look to invest SG$1 billion to beef up its cyber and data security systems, which it says is critical as its agencies increasingly adopt technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), cloud, and Internet of Things (IoT). To be spent over the next three years, the funds will go toward readying the ...

  • Afghan Special Forces seized a large cache of explosives in Ghazni

    February 15, 2020

    The Afghan Special Forces arrested a Pakistani family during an operation in Ghazni province during which they seized a large cache of explosives belonging to Taliban. The Special Operations Corps in a statement said the Special Forces discovered and seized the cache during a raid in Geru district. The statement further added that the Special Forces confiscated ...

  • Gaza group strikes targets in Palestinian territories in new cyberattack wave

    February 13, 2020

    A new cyberspying campaign has been detected in the Middle East which is going after victims in Palestinian territories. An investigation into the attacks, conducted by the Cybereason Nocturnus team and made public on Thursday, suggests that one of the Gaza Cybergang groups — also known as MoleRATs — is potentially responsible. Tracked by Kaspersky as three separate factions ...

  • More letter bombs found at Dutch offices

    February 13, 2020

    A letter bomb caught fire at a bank in Amsterdam on Thursday and another was disarmed at an office near Utrecht, the latest in a series of such attacks in the Netherlands this week. No-one was hurt in the incident at an Amsterdam branch of ING Bank, a spokeswoman for the bank said, although police said ...

  • NERC CIP compliance in Azure

    February 12, 2020

    When I did my first North American Electric Reliability Corporation—Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) compliance project it was 2009. NERC CIP was at version 3. It was the first mandatory cybersecurity standard that the utility I was working for had to meet. As it does today, the Bulk Electric System (BES) had the responsibility to ...

  • WHO: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation Report – 23

    February 12, 2020

    No new countries reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. WHO has published key considerations for repatriation and quarantine of travellers in relation to COVID-19. More information can be found here. The UN activated a Crisis Management Team (CMT) on the COVID-19 outbreak, to be led by WHO. The WHO Director-General nominated Dr Mike Ryan, ...

  • Data Protection Authority Investigates Avast for Selling Users’ Browsing History

    February 12, 2020

    On Tuesday, the Czech data protection authority announced an investigation into antivirus company Avast, which was harvesting the browsing history of over 100 million users and then selling products based on that data to a slew of different companies including Google, Microsoft, and Home Depot. The move comes after a joint Motherboard and PCMag investigation uncovered details of the ...

  • Jammu and Kashmir: Security forces need technology, strategy to prevent IED attacks

    February 12, 2020

    Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy, on Wednesday said the use of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) is gaining attention both in India and the world as it requires minimum effort and stressed that security forces should have the technology and strategy to prevent such attacks in the future. “Use of IEDs is ...

  • FBI: BEC scams accounted for half of the cyber-crime losses in 2019

    February 11, 2020

    The FBI received 467,361 internet and cyber-crime complaints in 2019, which the agency estimates have caused losses of more than $3.5 billion, the bureau wrote in its yearly internet crime report released today. The FBI said that almost half of the reported losses — an estimated $1.77 billion — came from reports of BEC (Business Email ...

  • U.S. Soldier Who Discussed News Network Attack Admits Sharing Bomb-Making Instructions

    February 11, 2020

    U.S. Army soldier has reportedly pleaded guilty to sharing instructions for making explosive devices, months after federal officials accused him of planning to carry out terrorist attacks on American soil. Jarrett William Smith was arrested in September after he allegedly discussed using a “large vehicle bomb” on an unnamed major TV news network headquarters and ...

  • Italy: Bomb destroys Carabinieri cop’s car in Bari

    February 11, 2020

    A bomb went off overnight under a car owned by a Carabinieri police officer in Ruvo di Puglia, in the southern province of Bari, totally destroying the vehicle. No one was injured in the attack on the Fiat Sedici, which was parked close to the home of the policeman. Investigators believe the bomb was an improvised explosive ...