News – December 2019

 


  • Dutch govt wants to protect telecom sector against hostile suppliers

    December 24, 2019

    The Dutch government published the Decree on Security and Integrity of Telecommunications (Bvit) on 5 December. The decree lays down the legal possibility to exclude a supplier from Dutch networks based on evidence or suspicion the company wants to undermine networks. The government is also working on another measure: the Decree on the unwanted control ...

  • Government information sharing efforts remain a mixed bag

    December 23, 2019

    The rollout of a new tool in 2017 has improved information sharing across the federal government, but other once-promising programs are withering on the vine, according to an audit released Dec. 19. An unclassified joint report by Inspectors General from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, Commerce, Energy ...

  • Russia successfully disconnected from the internet

    December 23, 2019

    The Russian government announced on Monday that it concluded a series of tests during which it successfully disconnected the country from the worldwide internet. The tests were carried out over multiple days, starting last week, and involved Russian government agencies, local internet service providers, and local Russian internet companies. The goal was to test if the country’s ...

  • Unidentified individual opens fire in central Moscow, casualties reported, FSB says

    December 19, 2019

    An unidentified individual opened fire in downtown Moscow, he has been neutralized, his identity is being established, the Public Relations Center of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) told reporters on Thursday. “An unidentified individual opened fire near Bolshaya Lubyanka, 12 building. There are casualties. The criminal’s identity is being established. He has been neutralized,” the Public ...

  • Drilling Deep: A Look at Cyberattacks on the Oil and Gas Industry

    December 18, 2019

    Mining, transportation, refining, distribution—the oil and gas industry has a widespread and complicated production chain that can be difficult to comprehensively defend. Risks come from all sides: extreme weather can affect transportation, politics (global and local) can impact production, and physical attacks on infrastructure can actually threaten worker safety and even impact the world’s oil ...

  • “Smart base of the future” is first in military to use 5G

    December 17, 2019

    By mid-2020, Tyndall Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle will have a unique distinction: It will carry 5G service. It’s a happy distinction for a base known more for catastrophe of late. The base suffered significant structural damage in Hurricane Michael in 2018, when the Category 5 storm battered it with 160-MPH winds. In the ...

  • MPS: Man charged with terrorism offences

    December 17, 2019

    A man arrested by detectives from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command has today, Tuesday, 17 December, been charged with terrorism and explosives offences. Filip Golon Bednarczyk, 25 (28.10.94), a Polish national of Luton, is charged with collection of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of ...

  • N.J.’s Largest Hospital System Pays Up in Ransomware Attack

    December 16, 2019

    New Jersey’s largest hospital system said that it has paid hackers a ransom after a ransomware attack disrupted its services earlier this month. Hackensack Meridian Health, a $6 billion non-profit health provider system based in Edison, N.J., operates 17 hospitals, nursing homes and outpatient centers, as well as psychiatric facility Carrier Clinic. The hospital system told ...

  • Oil Tanker Attacked in West Africa as Another Crew is Kidnapped

    December 16, 2019

    An oil tanker was attacked on Sunday in West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea and most of its crew were kidnapped, the latest in a string of incidents highlighting the security risks to shipping in the region. The vessel — an oil products tanker named Duke, hauling fuel oil — was attacked and boarded while sailing from ...

  • Taipei: Suspected bomb maker detained after gunbattle

    December 15, 2019

    A man suspected of planting a bomb near the offices of the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) Houbi District (後壁) chapter in Tainan was arrested yesterday morning in Kaohsiung following an overnight standoff with police. Police said that the suspect, surnamed Wu (吳), was captured on surveillance cameras on Thursday night as he approached the building on ...

  • Five ‘suspected Isis terrorists’ detained in Moscow over ‘plot to attack targets in the Russian capital’

    December 14, 2019

    Five suspected ISIS terrorists allegedly plotting attacks in the Russian capital  have been detained at a major Moscow shopping mall with outlets of Marks & Spencer and Topshop. The suspects were held after a joint FSB security service and police operation in the crowded Evropeisky shopping centre, officials revealed. The alleged cell had reportedly been plotting attacks on a school and ...

  • Critical Remote Code-Execution Bugs Threaten Global Power Plants

    December 12, 2019

    Siemens industrial equipment commonly found in fossil-fuel and large-scale renewable power plants are riddled with multiple security vulnerabilities, the most severe of which are critical bugs allowing remote code-execution. The affected product is SPPA-T3000, a distributed control system used for orchestrating and supervising electrical generation at major power plants in the U.S., Germany, Russia and other ...

  • More than a Dozen Obfuscated APT33 Botnets Used for Extreme Narrow Targeting

    December 12, 2019

    The threat group regularly referred to as APT33 is known to target the oil and aviation industries aggressively. This threat group has been reported on consistently for years, but our recent findings show that the group has been using about a dozen live Command and Control (C&C) servers for extremely narrow targeting. The group puts up multiple layers of obfuscation to ...

  • Police in Denmark make arrests over suspected terror plot

    December 11, 2019

    Police in Denmark have arrested 20 people in connection with suspected preparations for an Islamist terrorist attack. They said several raids were made throughout the country on Wednesday and that suspects were arrested for trying to obtain explosives and firearms. The raids were mounted on the suspicion that several people had been planning an attack, the Danish ...

  • Atlantic Council releases new report: Aviation cybersecurity: Scoping the challenge

    December 11, 2019

    Today, the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, launched a new report titled “Aviation Cybersecurity: Scoping the Challenge” and the results of the first-ever global survey on aviation cybersecurity. The report will be celebrated with a public launch and discussion led by Pete Cooper, report author and Senior Fellow with the ...