Border Control/Security


  • US Coast Guard discloses Ryuk ransomware infection at maritime facility

    December 30, 2019

    An infection with the Ryuk ransomware took down a maritime facility for more than 30 hours; the US Coast Guard said in a security bulletin it published before Christmas. The agency did not reveal the name or the location of the port authority; however, it described the incident as recent. “Forensic analysis is currently ongoing but the virus, ...

  • DHS Rolls Back Facial-Recognition Expansion Plan

    December 10, 2019

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reconsidered a plan to use facial-recognition technology on all U.S. citizens traveling internationally through airports, deciding to roll back the plan after meeting with privacy experts. Last week the DHS said it would expand facial recognition checks to all travelers entering and leaving the U.S., including previously-exempt U.S. citizens. However, now ...

  • Customs agents seize $95M in counterfeit goods along with thousands of fake IDs

    November 27, 2019

    U.S. customs agents in Louisville announced Wednesday they have seized illegal items worth more than $95 million since Sept. 1. The announcement came just days after U.S. Customs and Border Protections said they had confiscated around 5,000 fake IDs. Since Sept. 1, agents have intercepted and seized 164 shipments worth 75% more than seizures from 2018 at ...

  • British IS terror suspect arrested at Heathrow after Turkey deportation

    November 14, 2019

    A man has been arrested at Heathrow airport after Turkey said it had deported a British Islamic State suspect. Scotland Yard said the 26-year-old was held “on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts under section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006”, adding that it was “Syria-related”. The man arrived on Thursday “on an inbound flight to the ...

  • Essex lorry deaths: Three bailed as work to identify 39 victims goes on

    October 27, 2019

    Three people arrested in connection with the deaths of 39 people found dead inside a lorry in Essex have been released on bail. The suspects, two men and a woman, had been held on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people after the discovery in Grays last Wednesday. Lorry driver Maurice Robinson, 25, is due to ...

  • Supreme Court OKs $2.5B DoD Funding for Border Wall Construction

    July 29, 2019

    The Supreme Court has greenlit the Trump administration’s proposal to allocate $2.5 billion in Department of Defense funds for the construction of a more than 100-mile wall along the southern border, Military.com reported Saturday. The effort requires $789 million for the 46-mile portion in New Mexico, $646 million for a 63-mile part in Arizona and other funds for smaller ...

  • Maker of US border’s license-plate scanning tech ransacked by hacker, blueprints and files dumped online

    May 23, 2019

    The maker of vehicle license plate readers used extensively by the US government and cities to identify and track citizens and immigrants has been hacked. Its internal files were pilfered, and are presently being offered for free on the dark web to download. Tennessee-based Perceptics prides itself as “the sole provider of stationary LPRs [license plate ...

  • The Kenya–Somalia Maritime Dispute and Its Potential National Security Costs

    May 15, 2019

    The at-times fraught relationship between Kenya and Somalia took a new turn in 2014, when Somalia submitted a compromis before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) claiming that Kenya was conducting illegal acts in what Somalia claimed to be part of its territory. The territory in question is a 100,000 square kilometer (38,610 square mile) triangular patch created by ...

  • USAF Takes Big Hit as DOD Reprograms Funds to Pay for Border Wall

    May 13, 2019

    The Air Force is taking the biggest hit of all the services as the Pentagon reprograms funds to build a wall along the southern border, with about half of the procurement costs coming from appropriated USAF projects. The Pentagon announced May 10 it is reprogramming about $1.5 billion from appropriated operations and maintenance and overseas contingency operations funding ...

  • UK: Stricter laws to tackle terrorism come into force

    April 12, 2019

    Measures including longer sentences for several terrorism offences and ending automatic early release for convicted terrorists have commenced two months after the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act received Royal Assent. The management of convicted terrorist offenders has also been strengthened with stricter notification requirements. It is now illegal to recklessly express support for, or publish images of flags, ...

  • Four Sri Lankan terror suspects arrested at Luton Airport

    April 12, 2019

    Four men have been arrested moments after they arrived in Luton Airport on board an international flight. Airport police arrested the men and handed them over to anti terrorism officers from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command. The men, all Sri Lankan nationals, arrived in Luton on Wednesday evening. They are currently being held in a Bedfordshire police station. They ...

  • Large amount of explosives seized at Turkey-Iran border

    April 11, 2019

    Turkish customs enforcement officers seized a large amount of explosives at the Turkish-Iranian border, officials said Thursday. According to a statement from the Trade Ministry, an Iranian citizen tried to cross the Esendere Customs Gate with a valid passport. He had six sacks and a suitcase with him, which he said, were filled with limes. The officers got ...

  • Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill given Royal Assent

    February 12, 2019

    New laws which gives the give the UK greater powers to crackdown on hostile state activity, have today received Royal Assent. The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 also ensures sentencing for certain terrorism offences can properly reflect the severity of the crimes, as well as preventing re-offending and disrupting terrorist activity more rapidly. In addition, the act updates ...

  • Syria conflict: £62m UK boost to Lebanon to stop terrorists reaching Europe

    February 10, 2019

    A new defensive line of 76 watchtowers and patrol bases has been completed along Lebanon’s border with Syria, which the UK’s ambassador to the country says is vital to prevent terrorists from reaching Europe. The improved border security was funded by the British government and will also help stabilise Lebanon from the conflict next door. Britain’s support ...

  • Agents discover record amount of fentanyl in drug bust on US border

    February 1, 2019

    Officials in the US have seized 114kg (254lbs) of fentanyl, in what is being described as the biggest haul they have ever detected. The synthetic drug has been fuelling a national epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses, and the stash was discovered in a secret compartment underneath a load of Mexican produce headed for Arizona. A scan of ...

  • ​NZ customs can now demand phone or laptop passwords

    October 2, 2018

    The New Zealand Customs Service this week received new powers at the country’s borders, including the ability demand a password off a passenger to search their “electronic device”. Customs officers have always been able to search a passenger’s laptop or phone, but the changes to the Customs and Excise Act 2018 now specifies that passengers must hand over ...

  • Facial recognition technology catches impostor trying to enter US illegally at airport, officials say

    August 25, 2018

    A man trying to illegally enter the United States this week was tripped up by state-of-the-art facial recognition technology, marking the first instance of the system being used at an airport to help federal officials flag a fraud, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Thursday. A 26-year-old man traveling from Brazil entered Washington Dulles International Airport ...

  • Home Office to beef up Critical Systems Project Delivery capability within Digital Services at Border

    August 20, 2018

    The Home Office’s Digital, Data and Technology (HODDaT) Borders IT is looking for a delivery partner for specialist project delivery capabilities to work on critical Border Force systems within the Border Systems Technology Project (BSTP) team to deliver a mixture of upgrades, enhancements and technology refresh to critical existing legacy systems. DSAB resides within the Border Systems Portfolio ...

  • Eight tonne cache of explosives seized by Afghan authorities on Pakistan border

    June 12, 2018

    A huge cache of explosive materials was discovered by Afghan security forces in a vegetable truck crossing from Pakistan, in one of the largest ever finds. Intelligence officers found nearly eight tonnes of ammonium nitrate – the chemical widely used in making explosives – hidden beneath sacks of vegetables on the vehicle at the Torkham border crossing, at the ...

  • Airport biometrics at a potential turning point

    June 4, 2018

    There has been a steady stream of announcements regarding deployments of biometric technology in airports around the world over the past several years, but deployments in the U.S. have mostly been pilot projects. Since biometric exit was first mandated in the U.S. by Congress in 1996, and again in 2002, concerns about a variety of issues, including ...