News – December 2017

 


  • The Oil And Gas Industry Is Under Attack

    December 14, 2017

    Almost two-thirds of oil and gas companies have recently had a serious cybersecurity incident, and only a small minority of them felt confident that their defense capabilities match the threats, a new survey from EY has revealed. The survey, which involved 40 respondents from the oil and gas industry, found that 60 percent had recently had a ...

  • Egypt minister set to sign deal to resume Russian flights

    December 14, 2017

    Egypt’s aviation minister will travel to Russia to sign protocol agreements as early as Friday to allow the resumption of Russian flights that were suspended after the 2015 bombing of a tourist jet, Egyptian sources and Russia’s minister said on Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo this week to ...

  • South Korea conducts anti-terror drills ahead of Winter Games

    December 12, 2017

    Set to host the Winter Olympics in February, South Korea conducted a series of security drills on Tuesday to prepare against terror attacks ranging from a hostage situation, a vehicle ramming a stadium and a bomb-attached to a drone. During the simulated drills, members of a SWAT team shot down a drone with a bomb attached ...

  • At least one killed and 18 injured in explosion at Austrian gas plant

    December 12, 2017

    Authorities say that an explosion at a natural gas facility near Austria’s border with Slovakia has left one person dead. The Austria Press Agency reported that Red Cross official Sonja Keller said a further 18 people were injured. There was no immediate word on what caused the blast Tuesday at the plant in Baumgarten an der March, east of Vienna, ...

  • Tests reveal crack in key component of Chinese nuclear power plant, 130km west of Hong Kong

    December 12, 2017

    A component of Taishan nuclear power plant – which sits 130km west of Hong Kong – cracked during performance tests amid safety concerns about further delays, FactWire has learnt from multiple reliable sources. State-owned China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) entered a joint venture with French utility Électricité de France (EDF) and began building the plant ...

  • German intelligence unmasks alleged covert Chinese social media profiles

    December 11, 2017

    Germany’s intelligence service has published the details of social network profiles which it says are fronts faked by Chinese intelligence to gather personal information about German officials and politicians. The BfV domestic intelligence service took the unusual step of naming individual profiles it says are fake and fake organizations to warn public officials about the risk ...

  • Twenty-five EU states sign PESCO defense pact

    December 11, 2017

    The European Council has adopted the decision to establish a European Union defense pact, known as PESCO. The 25 participating EU states are set to begin working on a series of joint-defense projects next year. European Union member states on Monday moved ever closer toward establishing a defense union, after the European Council adopted the creation of a new ...

  • Up to 100,000 Canadians could wrongly be on no-fly list, research suggests

    December 11, 2017

    The federal government won’t disclose how many people are on the country’s no-fly list, but research by two University of Western Ontario students suggests as many as 100,000 Canadians are being falsely flagged as suspected terrorists. Finance Minister Bill Morneau is facing pressure from Liberal and opposition MPs to fund the establishment of an independent no-fly-list ...

  • House panel explores US ability to counter weapons of mass destruction

    December 11, 2017

    Leaders of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) testified before a congressional panel on Thursday about the United States’ ability to counter weapons of mass destruction and additional emerging threats. U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan (R-NY), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Energy, Preparedness, Response, and Communications, convened the hearing. DHS restructuring and potential ...

  • Public sector cyber security needs to fight back

    December 11, 2017

    Getting security wrong during the transition from paper to digital could mean a loss of public confidence in new services, argues Graeme Stewart, director of public sector at Fortinet UK&I. From ransomware attacks against the NHS, to cyber-attacks on parliamentary email accounts, it’s safe to say that it’s been a bad year for cyber security in the ...

  • Bomber Strikes Near Times Square, Disrupting City but Killing None

    December 11, 2017

    A would-be suicide attacker detonated a pipe bomb strapped to his body in the heart of Manhattan’s busiest subway corridor on Monday, sending thousands of terrified commuters fleeing the smoke-choked passageways, and bringing the heart of Midtown to a standstill as hundreds of police officers converged on Times Square and the surrounding streets. But the makeshift ...

  • UK police hold training exercise to prepare for chemical attack on Israeli embassy

    December 10, 2017

    Police have carried out a training exercise to prepare for a chemical attack on the the Israeli embassy in London. The drill, which was the first of its kind to take place in a foreign embassy in the capital, also involved firefighters and paramedics who rehearsed their response to “casualties affected by a noxious substance”. A section ...

  • Terror-related arrests have reached record high, Home Office figures show

    December 7, 2017

    A record 400 arrests were made for terror-related offences in Britain in the year to the end of September 2017. The figures have been released by the Home Office a day after an alleged plot to kill the Prime Minister was revealed. There have also been allegations that Prince George may have been the target of a separate plot. The ...

  • Hackers Can Steal Data From Air-Gapped Industrial Networks via PLCs

    December 6, 2017

    Researchers have discovered a method that hackers could use to stealthily exfiltrate data from air-gapped industrial networks by manipulating the radio frequency (RF) signal emitted by programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Attackers may be able to plant a piece of malware on an isolated network, including via compromised update mechanisms or infected USB drives, but using that ...

  • The Critical Manufacturing Cyber Security Summit comes to Europe

    December 4, 2017

    After two sold-out editions in Chicago in 2016 and 2017, Qatalyst Global will be bringing the ManuSec Summit to Germany next year. We’ll be in Munich, the industrial heartland of Europe, with a blend of high-level, strategic discussion and practical, hands-on advice that participants will take back to their organisations. Behind this exciting expansion is Cecilia ...