News – August 2020

 


  • Engineered Pathogens and Unnatural Biological Weapons: The Future Threat of Synthetic Biology

    August 31, 2020

    Recent developments in biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology have made it possible to engineer living organisms. Although these developments offer effective and efficient means with which to cure disease, increase food production, and improve quality of life for many people, they can also be used by state and non-state actors to develop engineered biological weapons. ...

  • From identification to a chemical fingerprint for explosives in forensic research

    August 31, 2020

    The police frequently encounter explosives in their forensic investigations related to criminal and terrorist activities. Chemical analysis of explosives can yield valuable tactical information for police and counter-terrorist units. Within the compass of her doctoral research, Karlijn Bezemer has developed a new generation of tools which can be used to not only identify signature properties ...

  • What Is the EU Cybersecurity Act and What Does It Mean for US-Based Businesses?

    August 30, 2020

    During the previous weeks, we provided a thorough overview of the EU NIS Directive, focusing on the Operators of Essential Systems (OES), the Digital Service Providers (DSP) and the compliance frameworks. Our review of the EU cybersecurity policy and strategy would be incomplete without mentioning the EU Cybersecurity Act. On 27 June, the European Cybersecurity ...

  • UK: Man charged with terrorism offences had IED ingredients

    August 28, 2020

    A former Army employee charged with terrorism and explosive offences had the ingredients to make an improvised explosive device (IED), a court heard. Dean Morrice, 33, of Paulton, Somerset, was arrested under the Terrorism Act on 20 August and his property searched. Police found the components for the pyrotechnic composition thermite, ball bearings and metal pipes, Westminster ...

  • Elon Musk Confirms, Tesla Factory a Target of Foiled Cyberattack

    August 28, 2020

    Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk has confirmed reports that the Tesla Gigafactory Nevada was a target of a cyberattack earlier in August, which was subsequently thwarted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Tesla Gigafactory Nevada is a lithium-ion battery and electric vehicle factory near Reno, Nevada. The facility, which is owned and operated by Tesla, ...

  • DoJ Aims to Seize 280 Cryptocurrency Accounts Used by Hackers

    August 28, 2020

    The U.S. government aims to seize control of 280 illegal cryptocurrency accounts it claims were used by North Korean state-sponsored attackers in their efforts to hack cryptocurrency exchanges and funnel hundreds of millions in stolen funds through a Chinese money-laundering network. The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) filed a civil forfeiture complaint against North Korea Thursday ...

  • Australia Post parcel portal offline following ‘technical’ issue

    August 27, 2020

    Australia Post on Thursday experienced a handful of failures across its business, with reports people were receiving parcels not addressed to them and the addressees unable to redirect the delivery online. The postal service’s online portal went down, with a message reading, “We’re updating this right now. Won’t take too long. Please try again later.” when ...

  • Iranian hackers impersonate journalists to set up WhatsApp calls and gain victims’ trust

    August 27, 2020

    Iranian government hackers have impersonated journalists to reach out to targets via LinkedIn, and set up WhatsApp calls to win their trust, before sharing links to phishing pages and malware-infected files. The attacks have happened in July and August this year, according to Israeli cyber-security firm ClearSky, who published a report today detailing this particular campaign. The ...

  • Fire erupts at hurricane-hit Louisiana chemical plant

    August 27, 2020

    Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards on Thursday asked residents in three southwestern communities to stay indoors with windows and doors shut as a plume rose from a chemical fire at a Biolab plant in an area hit by Hurricane Laura. KIK Custom Products Inc confirmed the fire at its Biolab Lake Charles facility and said it ...

  • JP Morgan will adopt remote working on a permanent basis

    August 27, 2020

    One of the world’s largest investment banks, JP Morgan, has decided to embrace remote working on a permanent basis, in a move that could send ripples through the business world. Once the Covid-19 pandemic is over, the company’s 60,000 employees will not be required to return to the office full time. Instead, they will be given ...

  • Covid crisis at Britain’s food plants: 75 staff test positive at chicken factory in Norfolk is latest of FORTY outbreaks at processing sites across UK

    August 27, 2020

    A huge chicken factory in Norfolk has been forced to close and 350 families have been put into isolation after 75 workers tested positive for coronavirus. Banham Poultry in the village of Attleborough has voluntarily agreed to close its cutting room following an outbreak of the virus. The first case of Covid was reported last Friday, when one worker ...

  • White House announces billion dollar investment in AI and quantum computing

    August 27, 2020

    The United States government and private sector partners are joining forces (and funds) to propel the country’s artificial intelligence (AI) research forward, in a bid to stay competitive in the global market, the Wall Street Journal has reported. According to the report, a total of $1 billion will be invested over the course of the next ...

  • New Zealand stock exchange halted trading after DDoS attacks

    August 26, 2020

    New Zealand’s stock exchange (NZX) has been impacted by distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks during the last two days, forcing it to shut down trading until the connectivity issues were resolved. NZX operates New Zealand’s capital, risk, and commodity markets, and it supplies market information including real-time stock quotes, market data and news. The stock market announced around ...

  • US government warns of North Korean hackers targeting banks worldwide

    August 26, 2020

    North Korean hackers tracked as BeagleBoyz have been using malicious remote access tools as part of ongoing attacks to steal millions from international banks according to a joint advisory issued today by several U.S. Government agencies. The joint release says that North Korea’s BeagleBoyz hacking group has once again started robbing banks through remote internet access ...

  • Russian Army develops system to detect suicide bombers in crowds using Syrian experience

    August 26, 2020

    Servicemen of the Russian Ground Forces’ Fifth Scientific Regiment developed a system to detect the so-called suicide belts in crowded areas, using experience gained in Syria. The new system is presented at the Army-2020 international military and technical forum. The new system includes a set of sensors, software and a mobile operator’s dashboard. It is capable ...