News – August 2019

 


  • National Grid had three ‘near-misses’ in the run-up to blackout that caused rush-hour chaos in Britain

    August 13, 2019

    Britain had three blackout ‘near-misses’ in the three months before last Friday’s power cut that caused chaos during rush hour. National Grid is being investigated by the energy watchdog but the power system operator has faced criticism from the industry for failing to do enough to prevent blackouts. The operator blamed last week’s ‘incredibly rare’ outage, which ...

  • Russia says small nuclear reactor blew up in deadly accident

    August 12, 2019

    The failed missile test that ended in an explosion killing five scientists last week on Russia’s White Sea involved a small nuclear reactor, according to a top official at the institute where they worked. The institute is working on small-scale power sources that use “radioactive materials, including fissile and radioisotope materials” for the Defense Ministry and ...

  • Man jailed for cyber attacks against police websites in revenge for bomb hoax conviction

    August 12, 2019

    A 20-year-old man has been jailed for 16 months after launching cyber attacks against police websites. Liam Reece Watts used specialist software to overload the Greater Manchester Police and Cheshire Police websites in separate attacks which temporarily brought down the sites. He said the attack on Cheshire Police was in retaliation for a previous conviction over a ...

  • Philippines: Westmincom on guard against suicide bombings

    August 12, 2019

    The Islamic State-inspired Abu Sayyaf group and foreign militants that are with them are planning more suicide bombings after their June 28 attack in Sulu, the chief of the military’s Western Mindanao Command said Monday. “So we have monitored that they will continue to do it,” Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana told a local TV station here. Sobejana assured ...

  • Explosion outside police station in Copenhagen – days after similar blast

    August 10, 2019

    An explosion has taken place outside a police station in Copenhagen – days after a blast at another public building in the Danish capital. The explosion, at about 3.20am, caused damage to the ground floor of the police station in Norrebro, which is just outside the city centre, but did not injure anyone. On Tuesday, police said ...

  • Bomb damages Colombia’s Cano Limon crude pipeline

    August 10, 2019

    A bomb has damaged a section of Colombia’s Cano Limon pipeline, state-run oil company Ecopetrol said on Saturday, the twenty-sixth attack on the pipeline this year. The attack, which took in Las Bancas in eastern Arauquita municipality, did not contaminate any water sources, the company said in a statement. It did cause a small spill which ...

  • UK joins US for maritime security mission in Gulf

    August 7, 2019

    BRITAIN on Monday joined the United States in a maritime security mission in the Gulf to protect merchant vessels travelling through the Strait of Hormuz after Iran seized a British-flagged vessel. British officials stressed that there was no change to London’s policy on Iran but joining the United States is the most significant non-Brexit foreign policy ...

  • British Airways IT Failure Results In Travel Chaos

    August 7, 2019

    Airline passengers are facing major delays and cancellations after British Airways suffered an IT failure. It is reported that 100 flights have already been cancelled and more than 200 flights are delayed, due to the failure during the peak summer holiday period. This is not the first time this has happened. In 2017, it was thought that human ...

  • A cyber-espionage group has been stealing files from the Venezuelan military

    August 5, 2019

    A cyber-espionage group known as “Machete” has been observed stealing sensitive files from the Venezuelan military, according to an ESET report published today. The group, known to have been active since 2010, has historically gone after a wide range of targets from all over the world. However, ESET said that starting with this year, Machete has ...

  • Cyberattacks against industrial targets have doubled over the last 6 months

    August 5, 2019

    Cyberattacks designed to cause damage have doubled in the past six months and 50 percent of organizations affected are in the manufacturing sector, researchers say. On Monday, IBM’s X-Force IRIS incident response team published new research based on recent cyberattacks they have been called in to assist with, and the main trend the group is witnessing is the ...

  • The Middle East Military Technology Conference (MEMTEC) Examines the Importance of Tech Solutions for Defence

    August 5, 2019

    PRESS RELEASE The Middle East Military Technology Conference (MEMTEC) will be held alongside the upcoming Bahrain International Defence Exhibition & Conference (BIDEC), it was announced last month, during the period from 28-30 October 2019. Held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Conference will contextualise the exhibition within the regional ...

  • African nations, Western partners strive to combat IED threat

    August 5, 2019

    A US-trained Kenyan bomb disposal technician stood in a field showing colleagues from more than 20 countries how to collect evidence after the detonation of a roadside explosive. Security experts who met in the Kenyan capital Nairobi last week say African nations must do more of such intelligence-sharing to counter weapons widely considered the greatest threat ...

  • Nation-State APTs Target U.S. Utilities With Dangerous Malware

    August 2, 2019

    Researchers believe that nation-state actors are behind several spearphishing campaigns targeting U.S. utility companies with a newly-identified malware, which has the capabilities to view system data and reboot machines. Lure emails were sent to three U.S. utilities companies between July 19 and 25. They purported to be from a U.S.-based engineering licensing board, but actually contained ...

  • Thailand: Multiple bomb blasts hit Bangkok

    August 2, 2019

    Six explosions, one near a famous skyscraper, have hit Bangkok as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attended a regional security summit. Unconfirmed reports suggest that other devices were found across the city. At least four people were injured on Friday when several small bombs went off in the Thai capital, Bangkok, during the morning rush hour, police ...

  • Australia: Fake improvised explosive devices slip through regional airport security

    August 1, 2019

    Serious security deficiencies have been uncovered at Townsville Airport, with fake bombs passing through screening undetected. In April this year aviation inspectors, with Home Affairs, conducted what is known as red teaming tests. Two fake improvised explosive devices passed through without being spotted by staff. Last month another device slipped through without anyone noticing. Terrorism expert Neil Fergus ...