News – December 2017

 


  • CS4CA USA set to double in size for 2018

    December 4, 2017

    In a major step for the Cyber Security for Critical Assets Summit series, Qatalyst Global are very proud to announce that the 2018 USA edition will double in size and feature two distinct work streams, focusing on corporate IT and operational technology respectively. For all the talk of convergence, the two remain distinct fields, and ...

  • UK’s undersea communications cables ‘uniquely vulnerable’ to sabotage – report

    December 4, 2017

    Terrorists using deep-sea grappling hooks attached to fishing trawlers could intercept the UK’s network of undersea communications cables, a report has warned. It said they remained “uniquely vulnerable” to sabotage despite 97% of global communications being transmitted through fibre-optic cables. The report, written by Tory MP Rishi Sunak for right-leaning think-tank Policy Exchange, said a successful attack ...

  • UK government bans all Russian anti-virus software from Secret-rated systems

    December 3, 2017

    The United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre has effectively banned the use of Russian anti-virus products from government departments and revealed it is trying to “prevent the transfer of UK data to the Russian state” from Kaspersky Labs software. A guidance note published last Friday and distributed to permanent secretaries of government departments, addressed “The issue of supply ...

  • German Christmas market evacuated after improvised nail bomb is found

    December 1, 2017

    A Christmas market in the German city of Potsdam has been evacuated after an explosive device, believed to be a nail bomb, was delivered to a pharmacy nearby. Police have now defused the device after having cordoned-off the area. It was first delivered to a pharmacy but was reported as suspicious by an employee who opened it and found ...

  • 1 dead, 11 injured in blast at chemical plant in central Japan

    December 1, 2017

    One person died and 11 others were injured after a chemical plant in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, exploded Friday morning, local fire department and police officials said. The explosion at the plant operated by Arakawa Chemical Industries Ltd. in the city of Fuji near Mt. Fuji occurred around 8:30 a.m., leaving a 64-year-old man dead, the ...

  • Acting DHS Secretary: CT Scans ‘Essential’ to Boost U.S. Aviation Security

    December 1, 2017

    Using airplanes as guided missiles “is still the crown jewel of ISIS and Al Qaida,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told a hearing on Thursday. McCaul called for quicker action to roll out technology using computed tomography, or CT scans, that use X-rays to provide more detailed pictures of ...

  • NSA employee pleads guilty after stolen classified data landed in Russian hands

    December 1, 2017

    A former National Security Agency hacker has admitted to illegally taking highly classified information from the agency’s headquarters, which was later stolen by Russian hackers. Nghia Pho, 67, a Maryland resident who worked for the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations, the agency’s elite hacking unit, entered a guilty plea on Friday to charges of willful retention of ...