Defence


  • Boeing hid design flaws in 737 Max jets from pilots and regulators

    September 16, 2020

    Boeing hid design flaws in its 737 Max jet from both pilots and regulators as it raced to have the airplane certified as fit to fly, according to a damning congressional report into why two of the aircraft crashed within months of each other last year, killing 346 people. The report by the US House of ...

  • U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs data breach affects 46,000 veterans

    September 15, 2020

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has suffered a data breach that has led to the exposure of personal information for over 46,000 veterans. The VA department was created to ensure United States veterans receive the health services, benefits, and care they deserve. In a data breach notification released yesterday, the VA states that hackers breached ...

  • NASA investigates mysterious South Atlantic Anomaly

    August 18, 2020

    The Earth’s magnetic field has lost almost 10% of its strength over the last two centuries, causing scientists some concern. The weakness could expose the planet to danger, as the Earth’s magnetic field repels and traps dangerous solar radiation, but this weak spot means that these particles are dipping closer and closer to the surface. Without the ...

  • Australia: Defence consolidates cyber capabilities

    August 13, 2020

    Cyber security expertise and training will be blended with military rigour as the government steps up efforts to improve its ability to defend against malicious cyber attacks on the virtual battlefield. The allocation of $1.4b in Defence cyber capabilities over 20 years, outlined in the Department of Defence 2020 Force Structure Plan, backs an ambitious agenda ...

  • US DoD enters into $106 million contract for AI environment

    August 12, 2020

    The Defense Department is beginning work on a self-contained environment where coders can test and validate artificial intelligence to be used by the military as a whole. The Defense Information Systems Agency, along with the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), awarded a $106 million contract Wednesday to build the Joint Common Foundation Artificial Intelligence (JCF). “JCF will ...

  • How hackers could spy on satellite internet traffic with just $300 of home TV equipment

    August 6, 2020

    Security vulnerabilities in satellite broadband communications could allow cyber attackers to intercept unencrypted web traffic using nothing more than a few hundred dollars worth of home television equipment. By exploiting the vulnerabilities, it’s possible for an attacker to spy on on sensitive communications from thousands of miles away, with virtually no risk of being detected. A cybersecurity ...

  • China celebrates completion of Beidou rival satellite system to GPS

    July 31, 2020

    China is celebrating the completion of its Beidou Navigation Satellite System that could rival the U.S. Global Positioning System and significantly boost China’s security and geopolitical clout. President Xi Jinping, the leader of the ruling Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army, officially commissioned the system Friday at a ceremony at the Great Hall of the ...

  • US defense and aerospace sectors targeted in new wave of North Korean attacks

    July 30, 2020

    Tracked under the codename of “Operation North Star,” McAfee said these attacks have been linked to infrastructure and TTPs (Techniques, Tactics, and Procedures) previously associated with Hidden Cobra — an umbrella term the US government uses to describe all North Korean state-sponsored hacking groups. As for the attacks themselves, McAfee said they were run-of-the-mill spear-phishing emails ...

  • Explosion on ship at US naval base injures 21

    July 12, 2020

    More than 20 people suffered minor injuries on Sunday after an explosion and fire on board a ship at a naval base in San Diego, military officials said. The blaze was reported shortly before 9am on USS Bonhomme Richard, said Mike Raney, a spokesman for the navy’s Pacific fleet. Four civilians and 17 sailors were taken ...

  • UK DASA: Competition document – Countering Drones – Finding and neutralising small UAS threats Phase 2 [Update]

    June 24, 2020

    This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking proposals that can develop the technology needed to counter Unmanned Air Systems (C-UAS) and demonstrate how these can be integrated together to form a capable system. Please note this is the second phase of funding for a multi-phase competition. It is not compulsory to have been involved ...

  • Former DIA Analyst Sentenced to Prison Over Data Leak

    June 19, 2020

    A former analyst for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after sharing highly classified, national defense intelligence with two reporters. The sentencing comes after the 32-year-old analyst, Henry Kyle Frese, pleaded guilty in February to leaking the data, regarding foreign countries’ weapons systems, in 2018 and 2019. ...

  • Ripple20 vulnerabilities will haunt the IoT landscape for years to come

    June 16, 2020

    Cyber-security experts have revealed today 19 vulnerabilities in a small library designed in the 90s that has been widely used and integrated into countless of enterprise and consumer-grade products over the last 20+ years. The number if impacted products is estimated at “hundreds of millions” and includes products such as smart home devices, power grid equipment, ...

  • Ransomware gang says it breached one of NASA’s IT contractors

    June 3, 2020

    The operators of the DopplePaymer ransomware have congratulated SpaceX and NASA for their first human-operated rocket launch and then immediately announced that they infected the network of one of NASA’s IT contractors. In a blog post published today, the DopplePaymer ransomware gang said it successfully breached the network of Digital Management Inc. (DMI), a Maryland-based company that provides ...

  • UK: Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) Open Call for Innovation

    May 28, 2020

    The Open Call is looking for innovative ideas to improve the defence and security of the UK. Your idea could be a concept, product or service, at various levels of maturity. The only way to submit a proposal to the Defence and Security Accelerator is online via our submission service. To access DASA’s services and apply for ...

  • Beer rating app reveals homes and identities of spies and military bods

    May 19, 2020

    A beer and pub-rating app built off the back of Foursquare’s location-tracking API poses a risk to the security of military and intelligence personnel, according to legendary OSINT website Bellingcat. Untappd ‘has over eight million mostly European and North American users, and its features allow researchers to uncover sensitive information about said users at military and ...

  • Countering Drones: Finding and neutralising small UAS threats – Phase 2

    May 12, 2020

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) is looking for innovative solutions to address the increasing UAS threat to the defence and security of UK both at home and abroad. Please note this is the second phase of funding for a multi-phase competition. It is not compulsory to have been involved in previous phases to apply. You ...

  • Tropic Trooper’s Back: USBferry Attack Targets Air-gapped Environments

    May 12, 2020

    Tropic Trooper, a threat actor group that targets government, military, healthcare, transportation, and high-tech industries in Taiwan, the Philippines, and Hong Kong, has been active since 2011. The group was reportedly using spear-phishing emails with weaponized attachments to exploit known vulnerabilities. Primarily motivated by information theft and espionage, the group has also been seen adopting different strategies such ...

  • DASA awards £2.3m to develop novel sensor technology

    May 5, 2020

    The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has awarded 13 contracts worth a total of £2.3 million to develop improved Electro-Optics and Infrared (EOIR) sensor capability, it was announced today . The Advanced Vision 2020 and Beyond competition, run on behalf of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), sought innovation and novel approaches from industry, including ...

  • 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 ...

  • ‘No skull and crossbones’: Here’s how the six services are implementing military face mask guidance

    April 8, 2020

    Balaclavas may be OK, but ski masks may not be, depending on which uniform a service member wears, under service-specific guidance on the Pentagon’s new facial covering requirements. On Sunday, the Defense Department began requiring everyone on DOD property to wear face coverings in public or work settings, “to the extent practical,” when six feet of ...