Border Control/Security


  • Ransomware attack halts Argentinian border crossing for four hours

    September 6, 2020

    Argentina’s official immigration agency, Dirección Nacional de Migraciones, suffered a Netwalker ransomware attack that temporarily halted border crossing into and out of the country. While ransomware attacks against cities and local agencies have become all too common, this may be a first known attack against a federal agency that has interrupted a country’s operations. According to a ...

  • Facing Facts: Will Concerns About Biometrics Pose a Threat to Transportation Security?

    June 17, 2020

    Facial recognition technology has been responsible for numerous important law enforcement, border security and transportation security wins over the past few years, but some of the concerns that dogged the systems from the outset have not gone away. While most of the accuracy issues have improved, public concerns about unnecessary surveillance and profiling – which ...

  • Australia has a new biometric border processing system

    June 4, 2020

    Australia’s new biometric system is now live. It will be used by the Department of Home Affairs for visa and border processing “to secure Australia’s borders and facilitate the flow of legitimate travellers”. The Enterprise Biometric Identification Services (EBIS) system is based on the Unisys Stealth(identity) multi-factor identity management and authentication solution and uses identity solutions ...

  • Terrorism along Pakistan – Iran border

    May 15, 2020

    Reportedly an improvised explosive device (IED) hit a vehicle of the military personnel in Buleda (district Kech) Balochistan near the Pak-Iran border on May 8, killing one major of the Pakistan Army and five soldiers who were returning to their base after conducting a routine patrol in the area. The Balochistan Liberation Army, which has ...

  • Many problems with cyber security of Schipihol’s border control: Court of Audit

    April 19, 2020

    Schiphol is very vulnerable to cyber attacks, the Court of Audit concluded after investigating the cyber security of the border control systems the Koninklijke Marechaussee uses at the airport. Two of the three systems are not properly protected against cyber attacks, NOS reports. Systems at Schiphol are hardly ever tested for how well they can stand ...

  • Egypt building new wall along Gaza border

    February 18, 2020

    Egyptian security and military forces are working around the clock to build a new concrete wall on the Egyptian side of the border with the besieged Gaza Strip which they aim to have completed by mid-2020, Palestinian sources told Middle East Eye. Egypt embarked on the first stage of construction on 27 January in the area ...

  • Israel to Build Anti-Tunnel Sensor Network Along Lebanon Border

    January 19, 2020

    Israel’s military announced on Sunday the start of construction of an underground network of sensors along the Lebanese frontier to detect any cross-border tunnel building. The project is getting under way a year after the Israeli military said it had destroyed a series of infiltration tunnels dug by the Lebanese Hezbollah group. “All the drilling is being ...

  • 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 ...