Defence


  • The UK’s new offensive cyber unit takes on organised crime and hostile states

    November 19, 2020

    A new offensive force made up of spies, cyber experts and the members of the military is already conducting cyber operations to disrupt hostile state activities, terrorists and criminals, the UK government has revealed. The new group – known as the National Cyber Force – aims to tackle threats to the UK’s national security such as ...

  • UK military to get biggest spending boost in 30 years

    November 19, 2020

    The UK military is to receive an extra £4bn a year over the next four years, the government has said. The money will fund space and cyber defence projects such as an artificial intelligence agency, and could create 40,000 new jobs. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said “letting go” of older weapons would create “headroom to invest”. The Ministry ...

  • Australia’s critical infrastructure definition to span communications, data storage, space

    November 9, 2020

    The federal government on Monday published an exposure draft on the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020. It seeks to amend the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 to implement “an enhanced framework to uplift the security and resilience of Australia’s critical infrastructure”. The Australian government’s Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy currently defines critical infrastructure as: ...

  • NSA: Top 25 vulnerabilities actively abused by Chinese hackers

    October 19, 2020

    The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) warns that Chinese state-sponsored hackers exploit 25 different vulnerabilities in attacks against U.S. organizations and interests. In an advisory issued today, the NSA said that it is aware of targeted attacks by Chinese state-sponsored hackers against National Security Systems (NSS), the U.S. Defense Industrial Base (DIB), and the Department of ...

  • Dstl’s new counter-terrorism facility opened by The Queen

    October 15, 2020

    The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge, officially opened Dstl’s new state-of-the-art Energetics Analysis Centre and met specialist scientific staff. The UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has been given a rare Royal visit during the COVID-19 pandemic to showcase the science inside defence and security when Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by The ...

  • ‘Operation Warfighter’ Puts Recovering Service Members Into Homeland Security Jobs

    October 14, 2020

    Most functions of the Department of Homeland Security go unseen. If a DHS office is suddenly operating in the open or in a new area, chances are that something terrible has just happened. For veterans who want continued service to be part of their civilian lives, a post-military career in homeland security is a great option. ...

  • Up to 15,000 German soldiers to support battle against pandemic

    October 12, 2020

    Germany will deploy up to 15,000 soldiers to reinforce civilian authorities increasingly stretched in their battle against rising numbers of coronavirus infections that have reached the highest level since April, the Defence Ministry said on Monday. The country has managed to suppress the pandemic more than many of its neighbours and keep the death toll lower ...

  • Next-gen ACAS X just as vulnerable to spoofing as its predecessor

    October 6, 2020

    Aviation boffins have found that next-gen collision aircraft avoidance systems appear to be just as vulnerable to signal spoofing attacks as older kit. In a paper distributed via ArXiv, computer scientists at the UK’s University of Oxford and Switzerland’s Federal Office for Defence Procurement analyzed the Airborne Collision Avoidance System X (ACAS X), due to be ...

  • DASA UK Competition: Open Call for Innovation

    October 1, 2020

    What is the Open Call? The Open Call is one of the funding competition mechanisms DASA uses to find proposals that address challenges faced by government stakeholders. It gives bidders the opportunity to present their ideas to defence and security stakeholders at any time, without waiting for a relevant Themed Competition. What are we looking for? The Open ...

  • Russian hackers use fake NATO training docs to breach govt networks

    September 22, 2020

    A Russian hacker group known by names, APT28, Fancy Bear, Sofacy, Sednit, and STRONTIUM, is behind a targeted attack campaign aimed at government bodies. The group delivered a hard-to-detect strand of Zebrocy Delphi malware under the pretense of providing NATO training materials. Researchers further inspected the files containing the payload and discovered these impersonated JPG files showing ...

  • Russian hackers use fake NATO training docs to breach govt networks

    September 22, 2020

    A Russian hacker group known by names, APT28, Fancy Bear, Sofacy, Sednit, and STRONTIUM, is behind a targeted attack campaign aimed at government bodies. The group delivered a hard-to-detect strand of Zebrocy Delphi malware under the pretense of providing NATO training materials. Researchers further inspected the files containing the payload and discovered these impersonated JPG files showing ...

  • Competition Update: Innovative Research Call 2020 for Explosives and Weapons Detection

    September 21, 2020

    This Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) competition is seeking innovative proposals to develop and improve explosives and weapons detection capability. The Innovative Research Call (IRC) 2020 for Explosives and Weapons Detection is funded and supported by the Home Office, Department for Transport (DfT), Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), Defence Science and Technology Laboratory ...

  • Suspected Al Qaeda Terrorists Arrested in Plot to Attack Indian Navy

    September 21, 2020

    India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested nine men who were allegedly preparing to carry out terrorist attacks on behalf of Al Qaeda – including an attack on Indian Navy facilities, according to local media. “The NIA had learnt about an inter-state module of al-Qaeda operatives at various locations in India including West Bengal and Kerala. ...

  • Cyber Risks Are Top of Mind Throughout the Power Sector

    September 19, 2020

    The electric power sector in the United States has a long history of facing threats to our infrastructure—whether they are natural or man‐made. While cyberthreats are indeed much more complex, particularly when you consider that some of our cyber adversaries are nation states, the industry has a strong foundation of preparedness, resilience, and response. Though ...

  • Why the Department of Defense’s Cyber Security Strategy Is Worth Emulating

    September 18, 2020

    While 2020 has given the U.S. a multitude of challenges to manage simultaneously, a perennial pandemic that has been buried in the headlines must never be ignored — cyber breaches. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated cyber risks as corporations shifted operations to a nearly 100% virtual environment. This has created the perfect environment for cyber criminals, ...

  • 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 ...