Transportation


  • Beirut explosion: How ship’s deadly cargo ended up at port

    August 6, 2020

    Lebanon’s government has blamed the huge blast that devastated parts of Beirut on the detonation of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored at the city’s port. People have expressed anger and disbelief that such a large quantity of potentially explosive material was kept inside a warehouse without any safety measures for more than six years, so ...

  • Entry into Singapore gets you mandatory quarantine, monitoring device

    August 3, 2020

    Anyone entering Singapore who has to serve a 14-day stay-home quarantine will soon need to wear an electronic monitoring device, which must be activated once they arrive at their place of residence. The device taps GPS as well as cellular and Bluetooth signals to determine if the wearer is within the range of their permitted ...

  • Regulators and airport operators join forces to promote Open Architecture in Airport Security Systems

    July 31, 2020

    Regulators and airport operators from across Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East have joined forces to promote the introduction of open architecture in airport security systems. In a paper published yesterday, prepared by Heathrow Airport Limited and Avinor AS and endorsed by a wide range of regulators and airport stakeholders, the authors and ...

  • CWT Travel Agency Faces $4.5M Ransom in Cyberattack, Report

    July 31, 2020

    CWT, a giant in the corporate travel agency world with a global clientele, may have faced payment of $4.5 million to unknown hackers in the wake of a ransomware attack. Independent malware hunter @JAMESWT tweeted on Thursday that a malware sample used against CWT (formerly known as Carlson Wagonlit Travel) had been uploaded to VirusTotal on ...

  • Arizona: A rail bridge partially collapses after fire breaks out

    July 30, 2020

    A rail bridge in Arizona, USA, has partially collapsed after a freight train derailed and caught fire The local fire brigade in Tempe Town confirmed that nobody was injured. A section on the south side of the Salt River Union Pacific Bridge collapsed, sending rail cars into an empty park below. It is believed that the freight ...

  • Maritime cyber attacks increase by 900% in three years

    July 29, 2020

    Cyber attacks on the maritime industry’s operational technology (OT) systems have increased by 900% over the last three years with the number of reported incidents set to reach record volumes by year end. Addressing port and terminal operators during an online forum last week, Robert Rizika, Naval Dome’s Boston-based Head of North American Operations, explained that ...

  • Coronavirus: UK could add more countries to quarantine list ‘straight away’, minister warns

    July 29, 2020

    The UK government is poised to put more countries on its quarantine list “straight away” if coronavirus runs “out of control” in them. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told Sky News more announcements could follow the decision to advise against all non-essential trips to Spain over the weekend due to fears over rising levels of COVID-19. Read more… Source: ...

  • FBI warns of Netwalker ransomware targeting US government and organisations

    July 29, 2020

    The FBI has issued a security alert about Netwalker ransomware operators targeting U.S. and foreign government organizations, advising their victims not to pay the ransom and reporting incidents to their local FBI field offices. FBI’s flash alert also provides indicators of compromise associated with the Netwalker ransomware (also known as Mailto) and includes a list of ...

  • Qatar: Hamad International Airport’s new technology allows electronic items to stay in baggage during screening

    July 27, 2020

    Hamad International Airport (HIA) will install new airport security screening technology that allows transfer passengers to keep electronic devices such as laptops, tablets, and digital cameras in their hand luggage while going through security checkpoints. The airport says the new technology also allows security personnel to “easily detect explosive materials held in complex items and structures”. Qatar’s ...

  • Maritime security can help resolve the Mozambique insurgency

    July 14, 2020

    Over recent months the bloody insurgency in the northern Mozambique province of Cabo Delgado has taken an unprecedented maritime turn. If it worsens, it could have profound socio-economic and security implications for Southern Africa. The Islamic State-inspired Ahlu-Sunnah Wal Jama’at (Al-Sunnah) has been attacking Cabo Delgado inhabitants since 2017, killing over 1 000 people to date. Al-Sunnah ...

  • The Why, What, and When of Cybersecurity for Rail Networks

    July 13, 2020

    The October 2019 ASPECT conference was by and for signaling engineers and was organized by the Institute of Railway System Engineers (IRSE). Surprisingly though, the topic chosen for the opening session was not Positive Train Control, ERTMS or CBTC improvement. The topic was cybersecurity. The opening session was ‘Oh, cyber security doesn’t affect me … right? ...

  • Yemen’s Houthi rebels allow UN team to inspect ‘time bomb’ oil tanker

    July 12, 2020

    Yemen’s Houthi rebels have given U.N. inspectors the green light to inspect a decaying oil tanker abandoned off the coast with 1.1 million barrels of crude onboard which experts say could rupture at any time. A breach of the vessel would have disastrous results for Red Sea marine life and tens of thousands of impoverished people ...

  • UK: Tilbury Port explosion badly damages grain terminal silos

    July 3, 2020

    The roof of a grain store has been partially destroyed in a “massive explosion” at Tilbury Port in Essex. The blast happened at about 09:55 BST, the fire service said. A witness described hearing the “horrendous” noise “like a bomb going off”, while another said “flames shot up about 75m above the silos”. A Port of Tilbury spokeswoman ...

  • 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, ...

  • Travellers from the UK take COVID-19 back into New Zealand after three weeks of no infections

    June 16, 2020

    Two new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in New Zealand – both related to recent travel from the UK – after the country went more than three weeks with no confirmed new infections. Both women, from the same family, one in her 30s and the other in her 40s, arrived in the country on 7 ...

  • Amtrak discloses data breach, potential leak of customer account data

    June 2, 2020

    The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) has disclosed a data breach that may have resulted in the compromise of customer personally identifiable information (PII). The data breach was discovered on April 16, 2020. In a letter to the Attorney General’s Office of Vermont, made public on April 29, the rail service said that an unknown third party managed ...

  • TSA Wants Technology for Passenger Self-Screening at Airports

    June 1, 2020

    The Transportation Security Administration is exploring the possibility of passenger self-screening at airports, similar to self-checkout at the grocery store. On May 21, TSA posted an update to a solicitation originally posted in November. The opportunity, titled Passenger Self-Screening Systems Development, is a “call” under the Homeland Security Department’s Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Apex Screening at Speed. The BAA ...

  • TSA prepared for summer travelers with updated security procedures

    May 21, 2020

    WASHINGTON – With the Memorial Day holiday weekend kicking off the start of summer, the Transportation Security Administration is preparing a very different travel season given the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. TSA has implemented changes to the security screening process that reduce the potential for cross-contamination at the security checkpoint in an effort to help prevent ...

  • Easyjet hacked: 9 million people’s data accessed plus 2,200 credit card details grabbed

    May 19, 2020

    Budget British airline Easyjet has been hacked, it has told the stock markets, admitting nine million people’s details were accessed and more than 2,000 customers’ credit card details stolen. Some information about the attack was released to the London Stock Exchange by the company, which claimed it had been targeted by “a highly sophisticated source”. Email addresses and “travel ...

  • Pirates Attack British-flagged Tanker off Yemen

    May 17, 2020

    Pirates attacked a British-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Yemen Sunday, causing some minor damage but no injuries. Operators of the Stolt Apel say six gunmen in two separate speedboats sped toward the tanker about 140 kilometers off Yemen in the Gulf of Aden. Armed guards aboard the boat returned fire, disabling one of the speedboats. A ...