News – April 2020

 


  • Crisis-torn airlines scramble to convert empty cabins to cargo

    April 30, 2020

    Once the airline industry’s ugly ducklings, air freighters are now flying high as some of the only airplanes still criss-crossing the skies during the global coronavirus crisis. While these aerial juggernauts hauled freight for low margins, airlines lavished advertising on business travellers and tourists. But with these customers grounded, airlines are rushing to turn passenger planes ...

  • Spear-phishing campaign compromises executives at 150+ companies

    April 30, 2020

    A cybercrime group operating since mid-2019 has breached the email accounts of high-ranking executives at more than 150 companies, cyber-security firm Group-IB reported today. The group, codenamed PerSwaysion, appears to have targeted the financial sector primarily, which accounted for more than half of its victims; although, victims have been recorded at companies active across other verticals ...

  • UK: Defence scientists trial innovation to slash ambulance cleaning time

    April 30, 2020

    Trials of novel technology that could dramatically cut the time it takes to decontaminate ambulances have taken place following a rapid appeal by the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) in response to Coronavirus. Scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) have tested 12 methods to speed-up the sanitising of ambulances – in some cases ...

  • German government bans Hezbollah – Interior Ministry

    April 30, 2020

    Authorities have designated Hezbollah a terrorist organization and banned its activity on German soil. Police are currently conducting raids on four associations linked to the Islamist group. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on Thursday banned Hezbollah activities in the country, his ministry spokesman said on Twitter. He also confirmed that “police measures are underway in several federal ...

  • Russia’s Federal Security Service Prevents Terrorist Attacks in Yekaterinburg

    April 30, 2020

    Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has prevented terrorist attacks in the Ural city of Yekaterinburg in a counter-terrorism operation during which three gunmen were neutralised, the National Antiterrorism Committee (NAC) said in a statement on Thursday. A counter-terrorist operation was established in Yekaterinburg and also in the nearby Aramil urban district, Sverdlovsk Oblast, to ensure security ...

  • U.S. National Institutes of Health: Coronavirus Treatment Breakthrough Announced

    April 29, 2020

    An experimental drug has proven effective in treating COVID-19 patients, the head of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, announced Wednesday. “Remdesivir has a clear-cut, significant positive effect in diminishing the time to recover,” Fauci told reporters in the White House Oval Office. “A drug can block this virus.” An international ...

  • Coronavirus: GCHQ gets access to NHS data to beef up security

    April 29, 2020

    Health secretary Matt Hancock has used emergency powers under the NHS Act of 2006 to give GCHQ special dispensation to access data on the NHS’s cyber security and other IT systems in order to better protect the health service from cyber attack during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. Documents released by the government, which can be viewed ...

  • Police detonate improvised explosive device in Vancouver

    April 29, 2020

    The Vancouver Police Department safely detonated an improvised explosive device in the city’s Chinatown district Tuesday night. During a traffic stop near Columbia and East Pender streets, officers spotted what appeared to be fentanyl in plain view. While searching the vehicle, police located a suspected improvised explosive device. Bomb disposal specialists were called to deal with the situation. “This ...

  • Academics demand answers from NHS over potential data timebomb ticking inside new UK contact-tracing app

    April 29, 2020

    A group of nearly 175 UK academics has criticised the NHS’s planned COVID-19 contact-tracing app for a design choice they say could endanger users by creating a centralised store of sensitive health and travel data about them. In the open letter published this afternoon, the 173 scholars called on NHSX, the state-run health service’s app-developing and ...

  • Invisible Shield: Countering IEDs by novel technology and techniques

    April 29, 2020

    This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition aims to develop and demonstrate a number of novel technologies and techniques in the area of Counter-IED electronic countermeasures This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is run on behalf of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). This call is looking to generate novel technologies and techniques that can ...

  • Insect repellent to be tested by MoD lab to see if it kills COVID-19

    April 29, 2020

    Britain’s defence laboratory will test whether a product found in insect repellent can also be used to kill the strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19, Sky News has learned. Citriodiol is known to be effective at destroying certain types of coronavirus, so the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is exploring its use against the strain behind the COVID-19 pandemic. Scientists at ...

  • IATA Calls for Global Mutual Recognition by Civil Aviation Authorities

    April 27, 2020

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) called on regulators to take urgent action to help civil aviation operate seamlessly and safely between states during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to help facilitate the restart when the virus is contained. Specifically, IATA asked states to take the following immediate steps: Work with the aviation industry to ...

  • Soldiers drafted in to help test PPE for nurses at Scottish hospitals

    April 27, 2020

    Soldiers have been drafted in to help test personal protective equipment (PPE) for nurses at four hospitals in and around Glasgow. The Scotland-based chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) instructors are helping staff at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as part of measures to protect frontline workers from coronavirus. A group of 20 soldiers are helping test ...

  • Rate of guns found by TSA jumps, even as fewer people fly

    April 27, 2020

    With far fewer people flying because of travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic, airport security screeners are naturally finding fewer guns in carry-on baggage. But the ratio of guns to passengers seeking to board airplanes has jumped sharply. The Transportation Security Administration said Monday that it found 58 guns at checkpoints from March 22 to April 22, ...

  • South Lebanon Banks Attacked with Explosives

    April 27, 2020

    The Lebanese army and security forces are investigating two attacks on banks in South Lebanon, after an explosive device detonated near a branch and a Molotov cocktail was tossed at an ATM. Security sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that investigators were probing the two attacks. Banks have been previously the target of attacks, which often involved political messages, ...