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  • Microsoft Wins Pentagon’s $10 Billion JEDI Contract, Thwarting Amazon

    October 25, 2019

    The Department of Defense on Friday awarded a $10 billion technology contract to Microsoft over Amazon in a contest that was closely watched after President Trump ramped up his criticism of Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, and said he might intervene. The 10-year contract for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, known as JEDI, had set off a showdown among Amazon, ...

  • Hackers shut down Johannesburg’s networks once again

    October 25, 2019

    Johannesburg, South Africa, is an alpha city on a booming continent—a financial powerhouse and one of the most important cities in the world. It’s also a repeat victim of hackers who at least twice in three months have shut down important city services and networks. The new attack: On Thursday night, the city of Johannesburg shut down its website, ...

  • Banks kill biometric support for Samsung Galaxy phones

    October 23, 2019

    Major UK banks have withdrawn biometric support for their apps on Samsung Galaxy S10s after reports of a glitch in its fingerprint sensor. Nationwide Building Society and Natwest have taken action to minimise risk to S10 users after Samsung confirmed its in-screen fingerprint sensor could recognise fingerprints from any users on certain third-party screen protectors. This issue affects the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S10 ...

  • UK govt launches Counter-Drone strategy to tackle drone misuse

    October 23, 2019

    The UK government has launched a new strategy, Counter-Drone, to safeguard the public from malicious or criminal use of drones. As part of the strategy, the government will tackle the misuse of drones by developing a new mobile counter-drone unit. The unit will be dispatched to drone-related incidents and major events across the country. It will be ...

  • European drug regulators approve world’s first Ebola vaccine after its ‘success’ in Democratic Republic of Congo

    October 18, 2019

    An Ebola vaccine has been approved by European drugs regulators in a move hailed as a ‘triumph for public health’. The so-called Merck vaccine was given the green light this afternoon and is likely to get a full marketing licence from the European Commission within a few weeks. It is already being used under emergency guidelines to try to halt the ...

  • French intelligence services thwart ‘9-11-style terror attack’

    October 18, 2019

    A terror plot inspired by the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre in New York has been foiled by the French intelligence services. One person is being held in custody in France on preliminary terrorism charges after apparently planning a September 11-style plane hijacking and attack. According to French paper Le Parisien, the suspect was looking for a weapon to hijack a plane. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on France-2 television on ...

  • S. Philadelphia refinery blast released 5,000 pounds of a deadly chemical, federal investigators say

    October 16, 2019

    Philadelphia dodged several potential catastrophes during a dramatic June 21 refinery blast, which released about 5,239 pounds of a deadly chemical and launched pieces of shrapnel as large as a truck hurtling across the 1,300-acre refinery complex, according to federal findings released Wednesday. The disaster at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions complex began with the early morning failure ...

  • On-Board ‘Mystery Boxes’ Threaten Global Shipping Vessels

    October 15, 2019

    Commercial shipping environments are rife with vulnerabilities, according to researchers – up to and including unpatched “mystery boxes” that no one knows anything about. “In every single test to date we have unearthed a system or device, that of the few crew that were aware, no one could tell us what it is was ...

  • Planes, gates, and bags: How hackers can hijack your local airport

    October 11, 2019

    In an increasingly technology-focused world, aviation security is becoming a critical problem. This is not necessarily in reference to protesters disrupting flights or drones that are able to bring prominent airports to a grinding halt for days over the holiday season. Instead, the use of networked systems and tech solutions to do everything from managing your booking to bags ...

  • Manchester Arndale stabbings: Five hurt as man arrested

    October 11, 2019

    Five people have been injured in a knife attack at the Arndale Centre in Manchester. A man, 41, is being held on suspicion of terror offences after three people were stabbed and two others were hurt. The centre was evacuated at about 11:15 BST when a man with a large knife started “lunging and attacking people”, according ...

  • ‘Explosion’ reported on Iranian oil tanker off Saudi coast

    October 11, 2019

    An explosion has caused a fire on an Iranian tanker near the coast of Saudi Arabia, Iranian media say. The vessel, from Iran’s national oil company (NIOC), was 60 miles (97km) from the Saudi port city of Jeddah. The ship’s two main storage tanks are said to have been damaged, causing an oil spill in the Red ...

  • Blind man climbs on top of BA plane in Extinction Rebellion airport takeover

    October 10, 2019

    An environment activist climbed on top of a British Airways plane at London City Airport as part of Extinction Rebellion’s climate protest today. James Brown was taken on to the plane as a passenger and was the first person to board as he is partially sighted. He managed to clamber on to the top of the ...

  • EU Warns Of State-sponsored Attacks On 5G Networks

    October 10, 2019

    European Union warns of 5G risk, particularly if a “supplier being subject to interference from a non-EU country” The European Union has issued a blunt warning about the future security of 5G networks, and urged operators not to rely too much on a single supplier. It carefully did not mention Huawei, ZTE or China by name, but the ...

  • Major exercise tests Lebanon’s response to chemical attack

    October 9, 2019

    Lebanon’s military and security forces, medical and relief workers took part in a major exercise to test the country’s ability to respond to a chemical, biological or radiological attack. The simulated exercise, described as the largest and most comprehensive of its kind ever to take place in the country, was staged in the southern Lebanese town ...

  • Northern California braced for mega power cut

    October 9, 2019

    A power company has started cutting electricity to around 800,000 homes, businesses and other locations in Northern California, in an attempt to prevent wildfires. Large swathes of the San Francisco Bay Area – though not the city itself – are expected to be affected. The region’s utility company, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), has warned the shut ...

  • Can AI secure transportation systems without compromising safety?

    October 9, 2019

    The ongoing controversy surrounding Boeing’s 737 Max 8 airliner should serve as a cautionary tale—not just for those in aviation, but for the entire transportation safety community. Though plane (and other transportation) crashes are an unfortunate reality, the recent Boeing disasters were unique. Instead of faulty mechanics, pilot error or foul weather, in these cases ...

  • Two killed in shooting near synagogue in Germany

    October 9, 2019

    Two people have died in a shooting near a synagogue in Germany.. Police, who are urging locals to stay inside, said two people were dead and that one person has been arrested. “Our forces have detained one person,” Halle police wrote in a tweet. “We remain alert, however. We have deployed forces in and around Halle and are ...

  • Extinction Rebellion plans to shut down London City airport this week

    October 9, 2019

    Extinction Rebellion is planning to shutdown London City airport for three days later this week. The climate activists, who have been protesting in Central London, said they planned to occupy both the departure and arrivals hall of the airport with the aim of blocking security. The plan is to do a “Hong Kong-style occupation”, which saw one of Asia’s busiest hubs paralysed for ...

  • National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) Securing the Industrial Internet of Things for the Energy Sector

    October 8, 2019

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites organizations to provide products and technical expertise to support and demonstrate security platforms for Securing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for the energy sector use case. This notice is the initial step for the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) in collaborating with technology companies to ...

  • Ebola fears in Sweden as patient suspected of having deadly virus rushed to hospital in Malmo

    October 8, 2019

    An outbreak alert was sparked when a patient was rushed to Skane University Hospital in Lund, near Malmo, with worrying symptoms linked to the deadly virus. “There are confirmed cases of Ebola in the area where the person has been staying,” said Maria Josephsson, director of operations at the infection clinic, without giving further details. “The reason the suspicion arose ...