News – December 2017

 


  • Bomb squad called as terror police swoop in Sheffield and Chesterfield

    December 19, 2017

    A police bomb squad has been called to a property in Chesterfield following early morning raids in which four men were arrested. Anti-terror police targeted three properties in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire in a move to foil a planned terror attack in the UK, Sky News can confirm. Four men were detained and have been taken to ...

  • Australian government’s recklessness with medical data is symptom of deeper problems

    December 19, 2017

    If you work with data — analysing it, I mean, not just shoving it along the pipes — then it should come as no surprise that researchers at the University of Melbourne managed to re-identify supposedly anonymous medical data. Nor should it be a surprise that the official government response was to downplay the risk. Read more… Source: ZDNet  

  • Multiple fatalities reported after Amtrak train derails in Washington state, spilling onto busy highway

    December 18, 2017

    A number of people were killed and scores more injured south of Seattle, Wash., when an early morning Amtrak train traveling on a new route on its first day derailed while crossing a bridge above a busy highway, authorities said. At least two cars tumbled onto Interstate 5 and several more dangled over the highway. Read more… Source: ...

  • Shots fired as ‘car rams gate’ at US Air Force base in Suffolk

    December 18, 2017

    A car rammed the gates of a US Air Force base in Suffolk as gun shots were fired, say Sky sources. A Ministry of Defence (MoD) source said a man driving a car tried to force the vehicle into the barriers at the entrance to RAF Mildenhall near Bury St Edmunds. Suffolk Police said shots were fired ...

  • US Bars Drones Over Nuclear Sites for Security Reasons

    December 18, 2017

    The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it will bar drone flights over seven major U.S. nuclear sites, including Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The move is the latest in a series of growing restrictions on unmanned aerial vehicles over U.S. sites that have national security implications. The new restrictions begin Dec. 29 and include the ...

  • Police officers fighting for life after Masarati ploughs into them

    December 17, 2017

    Two police officers are in a critical condition in hospital after being hit by a Maserati in London. The male and female police constables, both in their 30s, are based in Brent, north west London, and were returning to their marked police vehicle on A406 North Circular Road in Neasdon at 3.40am when they were ...

  • Atlanta’s airport working to get back to normal operations after outage

    December 17, 2017

    Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is working to get back to normal operations Monday morning after an outage that lasted nearly 11 hours Sunday and crippled air travel at the nation’s busiest airport. Power was restored just after midnight. The outage caused by a fire that damaged electrical equipment brought the airport to a standstill Sunday. Hundreds ...

  • Man Plants Bomb Aboard Bus in Central Morocco

    December 16, 2017

    A suspect was arrested in the night of December 14 to 15 in Khenifra, a city in northern central Morocco after he was planning an attack on a bus, using an improvised explosive bomb, reported Moroccan daily Al Ahdath Al Maghribia. The bomb was found by the passengers, who rushed to alert the bus driver. Upon ...

  • TRITON Malware Targeting Critical Infrastructure Could Cause Physical Damage

    December 15, 2017

    Security researchers have uncovered another nasty piece of malware designed specifically to target industrial control systems (ICS) with a potential to cause health and life-threatening accidents. Dubbed Triton, also known as Trisis, the ICS malware has been designed to target Triconex Safety Instrumented System (SIS) controllers made by Schneider Electric—an autonomous control system that independently monitors ...

  • Police shoot man with knife at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport

    December 15, 2017

    Dutch police have shot a man wielding a knife at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. A tweet from Dutch military police read: “Man at Schiphol shot at by the military police, after he made threats with a knife. Situation safe.” The forces later added officers had overpowered and arrested the suspect, and he is now in custody. “The man threatened ...

  • Russia’s FSB detains ISIS cell members planning attacks in St. Petersburg

    December 15, 2017

    The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained seven people suspected of being members of a terrorist cell linked to Islamic State, the agency reported. A series of bombings was planned for Saturday, it said. The attacks were planned to involve “a suicide bomber blowing up inside a religious facility and the murder of civilians ...

  • Could Russia cut undersea communication cables?

    December 15, 2017

    The UK’s top military officer has warned that Russia could strike a “catastrophic” blow to the economy by targeting communications and internet cables that run under the sea. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, the chief of the defence staff, said the lines could potentially be cut or disrupted. Read more… Source: BBC News  

  • Government slammed for ‘intolerable’ Biometrics Strategy delay

    December 15, 2017

    Ministers have again delayed the publication of an already late strategy governing the controversial police use of facial recognition technology. Norman Lamb MP, chair of the science and technology committee, said that the now five-year delay was “intolerable” as police continued to operate the controversial technology while watchdogs warn that it could potentially be illegal. Read more… Source: ...

  • War At Home: TSA Searching For Suicide Vests On Subways With New Technology Scanning Passengers’ Bodies

    December 14, 2017

    Metro passengers in Los Angeles will soon be screened with TSA technology that will help officials detect explosives like suicide vests, officials said Wednesday. The announcement comes just two days after a man detonated a pipe bomb in a New York City subway station in an attempted terror attack. A three-day test of the devices started ...

  • Yemen faces new threat of deadly diphtheria outbreak

    December 14, 2017

    Yemen, ravaged by war, hunger and disease, is seeing a spike in diphtheria cases that will inevitably erupt into a larger, deadly outbreak because so few people have been immunized, aid officials said on Wednesday. At highest risk are children, who account for many of the more than 280 suspected diphtheria cases and 33 associated deaths ...