Defence


  • US ups pressure on Europe over 5G infrastructure from China’s Huawei

    March 14, 2019

    The US upped pressure on Europe Wednesday to avoid turning to Huawei for 5G telecom infrastructure, with a top commander saying NATO forces would cease communicating with their German colleagues if Berlin teams up with the Chinese firm. The US and several other Western nations, fearful of the security risks posed by a company closely tied ...

  • UK military turns to universities to research psychological warfare

    March 13, 2019

    The British military is recruiting philosophers, psychologists and theologians to research new methods of psychological warfare and behavioural manipulation, leaked documents show. Cambridge University was among the institutions shortlisted by officials in the Ministry of Defence’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), as it sought a partner to spend almost £70m in funding for a project ...

  • Airlines ground Boeing 737 Max 8 jets after latest crash

    March 11, 2019

    Several airlines have grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 jets following a deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash. The flight crashed minutes after takeoff on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. It was the second disaster in five months involving a Boeing 737 Max 8. Aviation regulators in China and Indonesia have suspended flights using that model. Ethiopian Airlines and ...

  • Chinese hackers strike US universities in bid for military technology

    March 6, 2019

    Hackers from China have been conducting a cyberattack campaign against prominent universities in the United States in the hopes of stealing valuable information for military purposes. The University of Hawaii, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of Washington are among at least 27 universities which have been targeted worldwide, according to the Wall Street ...

  • Chinese hackers use phishing emails to target engineering, transport and defence companies

    March 4, 2019

    High-profile organisations in engineering, transportation and defence industries, particularly with links to the maritime sector, are being targeted by a state-backed Chinese hacking operation, according to security company researchers. The cyber-espionage campaign has been detailed by security company FireEye, which has labelled the group Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) 40 — or, more colloquially, Periscope. The group has ...

  • Senior Defence figure raises concerns about future cyber attacks

    February 19, 2019

    One of Australia’s senior military figures says the threat of cyber attacks against the nation’s infrastructure and military networks is on the rise. Major General Marcus Thompson leads the Information Warfare Division, which was set up in mid-2017 with the aim of providing both defensive and offensive cyber capabilities. In his first media major interview, he told ...

  • Australia has a challenge of scaling defence capabilities for large cyber attacks

    February 18, 2019

    Australian Defence Force (ADF) Head of Information Warfare Major General Marcus Thompson is concerned that while the nation has “good” defence capabilities, those capabilities might not be able to scale if Australia was faced with a large-scale attack in a cyber realm. Speaking at the Cyber Storm international conference at the University of New South Wales ...

  • UK Foreign Investments To Block Chinese Firm Huawei From Sensitive UK Tech Projects

    February 9, 2019

    New laws on foreign investment in the UK will block Chinese firm Huawei from sensitive UK tech projects, The Sun newspaper reported on Friday. Many are concerned that allowing Huawei an inside track on the rollout of the 5G mobile network in the UK would let China spy on private lives and hack UK companies, The Sun said. Foreign ...

  • Airbus data breach impacts employees in Europe

    January 30, 2019

    European aerospace corporation Airbus disclosed today a security breach that impacted its commercial aircraft manufacturing business. The company said the security breach “resulted in unauthorised access to data.” According to a press release published earlier today, Airbus said that “some personal data was accessed,” but “mostly professional contact and IT identification details of some Airbus employees in Europe.” Read more… Source: ...

  • £1m injection into pioneering new space technology

    January 28, 2019

    The ‘wrapped rib’ antenna is lighter, less complex and more cost-competitive than those currently available commercially. The antenna will be exclusively developed in the UK by Oxford Space Systems (OSS). It will make the UK the first European country with the capability of a flight-proven parabolic deployable antenna. The lighter weight of the ‘wrapped-rib’ antenna means ...

  • South Korea’s weapon servers compromised by unknown hackers

    January 17, 2019

    South Korea’s Ministry of Defence has announced that 10 of its critical systems holding information on the military’s weapon systems had been compromised by unknown hackers. The incident occurred in October where attackers attempted to gain access to 30 of South Korea’s important systems but were only successful in 10 instances. The incident was first reported by Dong-A ...

  • Marines set up specialist Novichok unit in response to Salisbury attack

    January 10, 2019

    The Royal Marines have set up a unit specialising in chemical warfare skills to prepare for a repeat of the Novichok attack on Salisbury. Zulu Company from 45 Commando, based in Arbroath, Scotland, will be the first marines to respond to a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) incident at home or abroad. The commandos were given the training in ...

  • NASA discloses data breach

    December 19, 2018

    The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) admitted today to getting hacked earlier this year. In an internal memo sent to all employees, the agency said that an unknown intruder gained access to one of its servers storing the personal data of current and former employees. Social Security numbers were also compromised, NASA said. The agency ...

  • Cyber security breaches rising across UK defence sector

    December 18, 2018

    UK defence secrets are increasingly being exposed to hostile nation states after the number of security breaches in the sector rose this year. Heavily-redacted records obtained by Sky News show an increase in incidents reported to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) between January and October compared to the same period in 2017. Sky News previously revealed the ...

  • GSA proposes new cybersecurity reporting rules for contractors

    November 19, 2018

    The General Services Administration is proposing new rules shaping how contractors protect government information on the IT systems they manage. Tucked in a Friday Federal Register post detailing the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, two proposed rules — GSAR Case 2016-G511 and 2016-G515 — call for amending the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation to include ...

  • More than 500 ‘safety events’ recorded at UK nuclear submarine base since 2006

    November 18, 2018

    More than 500 safety events have been recorded at the home of the UK’s nuclear deterrent since 2006, the Ministry of Defence has revealed. Defence Minister Stuart Andrew disclosed the figure in a letter in response to a parliamentary question from Edinburgh SNP MP Deidre Brock. In total, 505 “events” were recorded over the past 12 years ...

  • DoD disables file sharing service due to ‘security risks’

    November 15, 2018

    The US Department of Defense has disabled access this month to a file sharing service used by its army aviation and missile research centers, citing security issues. The disabled service is named AMRDEC SAFE, which stands for the US Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) Safe Access File Exchange (SAFE). According to its website, AMRDEC is ...

  • The White Company: Inside the Operation Shaheen Espionage Campaign

    November 12, 2018

    In a new collection of extensive research reports, the Cylance Threat Intelligence Team profiles a new, likely state-sponsored threat actor called The White Company – in acknowledgement of the many elaborate measures they take to whitewash all signs of their activity and evade attribution. The report details one of the group’s recent campaigns, a year-long espionage ...

  • Mattis establishes DOD task force to protect critical tech, information

    November 1, 2018

    Secretary of Defense James Mattis has established a task force whose sole purpose is to better secure the Department of Defense’s important technology and information. Mattis issued a memo dated Oct. 24 creating the Protecting Critical Technology Task Force (PCTTF) to report to the deputy secretary of Defense and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “Working with our partners ...

  • Australian defence contractor Austal hit by data breach

    November 1, 2018

    Australian prime defence contractor and shipbuilder Austal informed  the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) of a data breach after the market closed on Thursday evening. The company said it alerted “stakeholders” who were potentially hit by the breach, but said no information affecting national security or the company’s operations was stolen, although a number of staff emails and ...