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  • Face masks prompt London police to consider pause in rollout of facial recognition cameras

    May 18, 2020

    The rollout of facial recognition cameras in London is facing disruption as citizens are now using face coverings that could potentially incapacitate the technology. The United Kingdom has been a keen adopter of surveillance technology including facial recognition cameras in recent years, despite concerns that widespread spying erodes citizen rights to privacy. Last year, the Information Commissioner’s ...

  • UK: Man jailed for making hoax bomb threats across Fylde coast including Blackpool Tower

    May 17, 2020

    A man who made repeated hoax bomb threats against landmarks including Blackpool Tower and the Winter Gardens has been jailed. On one occasion, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was evacuated and searched following a false claim made by Aidan Robertson, of Dickson Road, Blackpool. The 36-year-old was sentenced to three and a half years in prison after pleading guilty ...

  • Pirates Attack British-flagged Tanker off Yemen

    May 17, 2020

    Pirates attacked a British-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Yemen Sunday, causing some minor damage but no injuries. Operators of the Stolt Apel say six gunmen in two separate speedboats sped toward the tanker about 140 kilometers off Yemen in the Gulf of Aden. Armed guards aboard the boat returned fire, disabling one of the speedboats. A ...

  • India: For the first time, four remote-control IEDs detected in Maoist-hit Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada

    May 16, 2020

    The security forces have detected four remote-controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in an edgy district of Dantewada, about 450 km from Raipur. “It’s for the first time such remote controlled IEDs were being planted by the Maoists in the conflict zone of Bastar. A combined team of 300 personnel from Dantewada district reserve guards, Special Task ...

  • Blast hits chemical plant near Italian city of Venice

    May 15, 2020

    An explosion at a chemicals plant in an industrial zone in Venice injured two workers and sent clouds of black smoke and flames into the sky on Friday, prompting local authorities to order residents to stay inside and close doors and windows. Gianpaolo Bottacin, an official from the civil protection department, said the two workers had ...

  • Terrorism along Pakistan – Iran border

    May 15, 2020

    Reportedly an improvised explosive device (IED) hit a vehicle of the military personnel in Buleda (district Kech) Balochistan near the Pak-Iran border on May 8, killing one major of the Pakistan Army and five soldiers who were returning to their base after conducting a routine patrol in the area. The Balochistan Liberation Army, which has ...

  • WHO: Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation report – 116

    May 15, 2020

    Data as received by WHO from national authorities by 10:00 CEST, 15 May 2020 Highlights WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, urged countries in the region to lift public health and social measures (so called lockdowns) in a graded manner and that Local epidemiology should guide focused action in ‘new normal’ COVID-19 world. WHO ...

  • RATicate Group Hits Industrial Firms With Revolving Payloads

    May 15, 2020

    At least six separate campaigns have been tied to RATicate, with the first wave starting November and the most recent spotted in March. All campaigns leveraged Nullsoft Scriptable Install System (NSIS), a legitimate, open-source tool used to create Windows installers, to ultimately drop various remote access trojans (RATs) on victims’ systems. More recently, “a new campaign ...

  • Hackers preparing to launch ransomware attacks against hospitals arrested in Romania

    May 15, 2020

    Romanian law enforcement has cracked down today on a hacker group that was preparing to launch ransomware attacks on Romanian hospitals. Three hackers were arrested and had their homes searched in Romania and a fourth in the Republic of Moldova. Romanian authorities said the four were members of a hacking group that went online as PentaGuard. Read more… Source: ...

  • South Australia: Man pleads guilty to possessing ‘significant’ explosive device containing nails, gravel and rocks

    May 14, 2020

    The South Australian bomb squad described a firecracker containing almost 150 nails and rocks as an “improvised hand grenade” which was found in the possession of a man in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, a court has heard. The court was told that Kosznik was riding his bicycle when he was stopped by police and his backpack was ...

  • UK electricity middleman hit by cyber-attack

    May 14, 2020

    Elexon, a crucial middleman in the UK power grid network, reported that it fell victim to a cyber-attack earlier today. In a short message posted on its website, the company said the incident only impacted its internal IT network and employee laptops. The company’s email server was also impacted and had been taken down, cutting employees off from crucial ...

  • Texas Courts Won’t Pay Up in Ransomware Attack

    May 14, 2020

    A ransomware attack has hit the information technology office that supports Texas appellate courts and judicial agencies, leading to their websites and computer servers being shut down. The office said that it will not pay the ransom requested by the cybercriminals. Specifically affected is the Office of Court Administration (OCA), which is the IT provider for ...

  • COVID-19 blamed for 238% surge in cyberattacks against banks

    May 14, 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has been connected to a 238% surge in cyberattacks against banks, new research claims. On Thursday, VMware Carbon Black released the third edition of the Modern Bank Heists report, which says that financial organizations experienced a massive uptick in cyberattack attempts between February and April this year — the same months in which COVID-19 began to spread ...

  • Countering Drones: Finding and neutralising small UAS threats – Phase 2

    May 12, 2020

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for innovative solutions to address the increasing UAS threat to the defence and security of UK both at home and abroad. Please note this is the second phase of funding for a multi-phase competition. It is not compulsory to have been involved in previous phases to apply. You ...

  • Tropic Trooper’s Back: USBferry Attack Targets Air-gapped Environments

    May 12, 2020

    Tropic Trooper, a threat actor group that targets government, military, healthcare, transportation, and high-tech industries in Taiwan, the Philippines, and Hong Kong, has been active since 2011. The group was reportedly using spear-phishing emails with weaponized attachments to exploit known vulnerabilities. Primarily motivated by information theft and espionage, the group has also been seen adopting different strategies such ...

  • Threats and Consequences A Security Analysis of Smart Manufacturing Systems

    May 11, 2020

    In the era of Industry 4.0, there has been increasing adoption of smart manufacturing technologies by organizations looking to improve their manufacturing efficiency. While this has provided plenty of benefits, such as enhanced productivity at lower costs, it has also introduced new attack vectors that can be exploited by threat actors looking to gain a foothold ...

  • Peshawar: Blast injures two traffic wardens, one shopkeeper

    May 11, 2020

    At least three people including two traffic police officers on Monday have sustained severe wounds in a blast on Peshawar’s Ashraf Road. According to Additional Inspector General of Police (AIG) Shafqat Malik, 2kg improvised explosive device (IED) was placed along the road side. The law enforcement agencies have cordoned off the entire area and launched an operation. Read ...

  • More than 20 killed in attacks in west of Niger

    May 10, 2020

    Bandits riding motorbikes killed 20 villagers in a string of attacks in Niger’s western region of Tillaberi, the governor there told AFP on Sunday. An unknown number of “armed bandits” attacked three villages on Sunday at around 5:30 pm local time (1630 GMT), said governor Tidjani Ibrahim Katiella. He said that the assailants “pillaged shops” and looted ...

  • Spanish police and FBI foil suspected radical Islamic terror plot to attack Barcelona

    May 8, 2020

    The FBI and the Spanish police arrested a “lone wolf” radical Islamist suspect on Friday who was believed to be planning to carry out terrorist attacks in Barcelona. The Moroccan man, who was not named, was detained in the Mediterranean city in a dawn raid by armed police after a surveillance operation. The Spanish Civil Guard, who ...

  • A Broadband Engineer Who Was Spat on by a 5G Conspiracy Theorist Is Infected With Coronavirus

    May 7, 2020

    The attacks on network workers are getting more frequent, brazen, and violent. It was the second week of April, and Michael Demetroudi, an apprentice network engineer based in Wood Green in north London, was having a bad week. He had already endured two attacks from conspiracy theorists who believed 5G was connected to the spread of coronavirus. ...