News – April 2017

 


  • Homemade bomb found in Stockholm terror truck

    April 8, 2017

    A homemade bomb has been found in the hijacked truck used to kill four people and wound 15 others in Stockholm, according to Sky sources. Other reports in Sweden say the attacker “burned” himself while trying and failing to detonate the device. The head of the country’s security agency, Anders Thornberg, would not confirm the find. Soon after ...

  • Airlines Demand Better Communication On Security Issues

    April 7, 2017

    Australian response to the laptop threat seen as preferable to US/UK actions. Gulf carriers introduced loaner devices on flights to the US to help customers work around the electronics ban. AUSTRALIA’s response to the US laptop ban has been singled out as a less disruptive way of dealing with the electronic device bomb threat amid calls for ...

  • Senators reintroduce bill to address surface, maritime security concerns

    April 7, 2017

    Legislation was reintroduced last week to reportedly address deficiencies in the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) efforts to protect rail, transit, highway, and maritime passenger and freight transportation. U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the Senate Committee on Science, Commerce, and Transportation, reintroduced S. 763, the Surface Transportation and Maritime Security Act, in conjunction with Sen. ...

  • Prognosis For Healthcare Cybersecurity Is Dire

    April 6, 2017

    On Wednesday (April 5), Terence Rice, VP and chief information security officer at Merck & Co., told the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce that healthcare cybersecurity still has a long way to go. “Cybersecurity in the healthcare industry is far worse than what is reported,” Rice stated. Despite the fact ...

  • Finance firms to spend more on security as concern over cyber crime soars

    April 5, 2017

    Over 80pc of financial services firms plan to pump cash into cybersecurity this year, almost double that of last year as fears over cyber attacks swell. Corporate adviser Duff & Phelps, which analysed 200 executives in Europe, Hong Kong and the US, said 86pc of financial services firms intend to spend more time and money on cybersecurity this year. That’s a significant increase on last year, ...

  • Australia starts extra screening process for UAE and Qatar flights

    April 4, 2017

    Australia is requiring extra screening measures at boarding gates of flights to Australia from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha airports, but is not banning passengers from carrying onboard their electronic devices. Passengers on direct flights to Australia from the two United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Qatar airports are now subject to random explosive detection screening ...

  • Islamic State using hobby drones with deadly effect

    April 3, 2017

    Recreational drones have become Islamic State tools of war in a cat and mouse hunt through Mosul’s streets, says Mike Mawhinney, Much has been written about the threat of Islamic State militants’ use of unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs, commonly known as drones, over the embattled city of Mosul. IS were quick to weaponise UAVs with small improvised ...

  • ‘At least 10 dead’ after St Petersburg metro blast

    April 3, 2017

    At least 10 people have died after a blast on the underground system in St Petersburg, it has been reported. Interfax and RIA news agencies said two blasts have been reported on the Russian city’s Metro. Three stations have been closed, according to local media outlet Fontanka. The Tass news agency and Reuters said that 10 have been ...

  • Airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert as government officials warn of ‘credible’ cyber threat

    April 2, 2017

    Britain’s airports and nuclear power stations have been told to tighten their defences against terrorist attacks in the face of increased threats to electronic security systems. Security services have issued a series of alerts in the past 24 hours, warning that terrorists may have developed ways of bypassing safety checks. Intelligence agencies believe that Islamic State of ...

  • Australia tightens security checks for travellers flying from 3 Middle Eastern countries

    April 1, 2017

    People travelling from three Middle Eastern airports to Australia will soon have to undergo stricter security checks. Canberra’s new move, taken on Friday (31 March), is apparently to prevent terror threats to the nation. Starting 6 April, passengers flying directly to Australia from Doha, Dubai and Abu Dhabi will have to undergo random explosive detection tests, ...