News – December 2019

 


  • RavnAir revises estimate of damage from cyber attack

    December 31, 2019

    An Alaska air carrier that suffered a cyber attack has experienced more disruption than initially projected, according to a company announcement. The RavnAir Group on Dec. 20 experienced what it called a “malicious” cyber attack on its information technology network, Anchorage television station KTVA reported. The company cancelled some Alaska flights of Dash 8 aircraft and said ...

  • US Issues Terror Threat Warning on Kenyan Airspace

    December 31, 2019

    US Federal Aviation Administration has issued an air travel advisory for all US registered aircraft flying above the Kenyan Airspace due to what it terms as extremist millitia activity. In a report published by the Daily Nation, the US agency warned that aircrafts could be in danger of running into anti-aircraft weapons, especially at low altitudes. ”Aircrafts may encounter ...

  • US embassy in Iraq attacked by protesters angry at air strikes on militia

    December 31, 2019

    Protesters angered by recent deadly US air strikes targeting an Iran-backed Iraqi militia have attacked the US embassy compound in Baghdad. US troops fired tear gas to disperse a crowd that breached the outer wall of the compound, which is in the capital’s heavily fortified Green Zone. One of the guard towers was also apparently set alight. At ...

  • UK: Two arrested over Bognor takeaway kebab ‘poison pills’

    December 30, 2019

    Two men have been arrested after three women found pills in their takeaway kebabs. The women, all in their 20s, found the tablets after buying food at Istanbul Grill in Bognor Regis High Street on Sunday, Sussex Police said. Two local men, aged 30 and 42, were arrested on suspicion of administering poison with intent to endanger ...

  • Counter-terror police arrest five men at sites across England

    December 30, 2019

    Counter-terrorism police have arrested five men over concerns about a potential Islamist attack plot. The arrests followed a joint investigation by MI5 and police, who conducted raids on Monday morning at residential addresses in London, Manchester and Peterborough. The police side of the investigation is being led by Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command, with officers conducting searches of ...

  • Army Follows Pentagon Guidance, Bans Chinese-Owned TikTok App

    December 30, 2019

    The U.S. Army has reversed its policy on TikTok, Military.com has learned, banning soldiers from using the popular Chinese social media app, which is now considered a security threat. “It is considered a cyber threat,” Lt. Col. Robin Ochoa, an Army spokeswoman, told Military.com. “We do not allow it on government phones.” Just two months ago, Army recruiters were ...

  • Taliban slams ‘baseless reports’ of ceasefire plans

    December 30, 2019

    The Taliban on Monday denied agreeing to any ceasefire in Afghanistan after rumours swirled of a potential deal that would see a reduction in fighting after more than 18 years of war. In a statement released on Twitter, the Taliban’s official spokesman said the group has “no intention of declaring a ceasefire”. Blasting multiple US media reports suggesting ...

  • New Year Honours: Government faces multi-million pound compensation bill over leaked private details

    December 30, 2019

    The Government is facing fines and a compensation bill running into millions of pounds after the disclosure of the home addresses of counter-terrorism experts, senior police officers and celebrities on the new year honours list. Senior figures demanded an exhaustive inquiry into the circumstances which led to the personal details of more than 1,000 individuals who will ...

  • US Coast Guard discloses Ryuk ransomware infection at maritime facility

    December 30, 2019

    An infection with the Ryuk ransomware took down a maritime facility for more than 30 hours; the US Coast Guard said in a security bulletin it published before Christmas. The agency did not reveal the name or the location of the port authority; however, it described the incident as recent. “Forensic analysis is currently ongoing but the virus, ...

  • Man, 21, is arrested in east London home on suspicion of preparing act of terror

    December 28, 2019

    A man has been arrested at a residential address in east London today on suspicion of preparing an act of terrorism. The 21-year-old man was arrested by counter-terror police on suspicion of the ‘commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism’. He was detained and taken to a south London police station where he currently remains ...

  • Bristol weapons arrest: Bomb unit orders evacuation of homes

    December 28, 2019

    Homes have been evacuated and an Army explosive team has been called in following the arrest of a man over suspected weapons offences in Bristol. Weapons were found at a property on Shetland Road, Westbury-on-Trym, and a 50m (164ft) cordon was put in place. Police called in an explosives ordnance disposal team (EOD) to search the area. Read ...

  • Somalia car bombing: ‘Heinous act of terror’ leaves at least 79 dead

    December 28, 2019

    A car bomb outside a tax collection centre in Somalia has killed at least 79 people, according to officials. The blast struck a checkpoint during the morning rush hour at the start of the working week in the capital Mogadishu, in one of the deadliest attacks in the city in recent memory. Images taken at the scene showed ...

  • Cyber attack plan aims to protect State hospitals, energy networks and security systems

    December 27, 2019

    A new plan to crackdown on cyber-crime, hacking and cyber-espionage has been published in a bid to protect the State. The new National Cyber Security Strategy sets out how to ensure the State’s infrastructure and computer networks are “resilient, safe and secure”. It contains proposals on how the Irish government can respond and manage cyber security incidents. Read ...

  • Five terrorists running Al-Qaeda’s media cell nabbed from Gujranwala

    December 27, 2019

    Five terrorists running Al-Qaeda’s media cell have been arrested from Gujranwal in a joint operation conducted by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) and an intelligence agency on Friday. According to CTD officials, intelligence agencies had been keeping a track of the terrorists for several months and collecting information on them. The arrested men have been identified as Asim ...

  • Singapore: Unmanned aerial vehicles to help police control crowds during countdown party

    December 24, 2019

    As Marina Bay and venues close to the waterfront prepare for the annual countdown to the new year, officers from specialist police units are stepping up their presence and patrols in the city area. These include Emergency Response Teams, who are trained in public security and counter-terrorism, and the Police Tactical Unit of the Special Operations ...