News – February 2020

 


  • WHO: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation Report – 23

    February 12, 2020

    No new countries reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. WHO has published key considerations for repatriation and quarantine of travellers in relation to COVID-19. More information can be found here. The UN activated a Crisis Management Team (CMT) on the COVID-19 outbreak, to be led by WHO. The WHO Director-General nominated Dr Mike Ryan, ...

  • Data Protection Authority Investigates Avast for Selling Users’ Browsing History

    February 12, 2020

    On Tuesday, the Czech data protection authority announced an investigation into antivirus company Avast, which was harvesting the browsing history of over 100 million users and then selling products based on that data to a slew of different companies including Google, Microsoft, and Home Depot. The move comes after a joint Motherboard and PCMag investigation uncovered details of the ...

  • Jammu and Kashmir: Security forces need technology, strategy to prevent IED attacks

    February 12, 2020

    Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy, on Wednesday said the use of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) is gaining attention both in India and the world as it requires minimum effort and stressed that security forces should have the technology and strategy to prevent such attacks in the future. “Use of IEDs is ...

  • FBI: BEC scams accounted for half of the cyber-crime losses in 2019

    February 11, 2020

    The FBI received 467,361 internet and cyber-crime complaints in 2019, which the agency estimates have caused losses of more than $3.5 billion, the bureau wrote in its yearly internet crime report released today. The FBI said that almost half of the reported losses — an estimated $1.77 billion — came from reports of BEC (Business Email ...

  • U.S. Soldier Who Discussed News Network Attack Admits Sharing Bomb-Making Instructions

    February 11, 2020

    U.S. Army soldier has reportedly pleaded guilty to sharing instructions for making explosive devices, months after federal officials accused him of planning to carry out terrorist attacks on American soil. Jarrett William Smith was arrested in September after he allegedly discussed using a “large vehicle bomb” on an unnamed major TV news network headquarters and ...

  • Italy: Bomb destroys Carabinieri cop’s car in Bari

    February 11, 2020

    A bomb went off overnight under a car owned by a Carabinieri police officer in Ruvo di Puglia, in the southern province of Bari, totally destroying the vehicle. No one was injured in the attack on the Fiat Sedici, which was parked close to the home of the policeman. Investigators believe the bomb was an improvised explosive ...

  • U.S. Charges Chinese Military Officers in 2017 Equifax Hacking

    February 10, 2020

    Four members of China’s military were charged on Monday with hacking into Equifax, one of the nation’s largest credit reporting agencies, and stealing trade secrets and the personal data of about 145 million Americans in 2017. The charges underscored China’s quest to obtain Americans’ data and its willingness to flout a 2015 agreement with the United States to refrain from ...

  • Update your security strategy at IFSEC International

    February 10, 2020

    19–21 May 2020, ExCeL London IFSEC International 2020 is Europe’s largest and most comprehensive event for the global integrated security industry. It connects over 34,000 visitors from 113 countries with 450+ exhibitors showcasing some of the most innovative products and solutions on the market, as well as a full seminar programme, legislation updates, guidance and best practice. The exhibition ...

  • FBI warns about ongoing attacks against software supply chain companies

    February 10, 2020

    The FBI has sent a security alert to the US private sector about an ongoing hacking campaign that’s targeting supply chain software providers, ZDNet has learned. The FBI says hackers are attempting to infect companies with the Kwampirs malware, a remote access trojan (RAT). “Software supply chain companies are believed to be targeted in order to gain ...

  • Kansas: 2 arrested in S. Hutchinson after police find dozens of homemade explosives

    February 10, 2020

    Investigators say they may have found the source of explosions heard over the past several weeks in the City of Hutchinson. With the discovery, police make two arrests. South Hutchinson police say officers arrested two 18-year-old men Saturday after finding about 80 homemade explosives in their truck. South Hutchinson Police made the discovery after stopping the ...

  • UK calls virus “serious” health threat; will detain people

    February 10, 2020

    Britain has declared the new coronavirus that emerged from China a “serious and imminent threat to public health″ and announced new measures Monday to combat the spread of the disease. The U.K. Department of Health and Social Care said people with the virus can now be forcibly quarantined and will not be free to leave. It ...

  • US says 2 soldiers killed, 6 wounded in Afghanistan attack

    February 9, 2020

    Two U.S. soldiers were killed and six wounded in a so-called insider attack in eastern Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province late Saturday when an Afghan dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire, the U.S. military said. Afghanistan’s defense ministry said one Afghan soldier was also killed and three injured in the assault. A member of Nangarhar’s provincial council, ...

  • Indonesia: IS Sympathizer in Bomb Plot Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

    February 8, 2020

    An Indonesian court sentenced an Islamic State group sympathizer to life imprisonment on Wednesday after finding him guilty of plotting bomb attacks against police and Christians. Asmar Husin, who also uses the name Abu Hamzah, was arrested last March in North Sumatra province’s Sibolga district. His indictment said the interrogation of another militant, Rinto Sugiharto, uncovered ...

  • Thai soldier killed in shopping mall after fatally shooting at least 21, police say

    February 8, 2020

    Thai security forces have killed a soldier after he carried out a shooting rampage that left at least 21 people dead, police and military sources said on Sunday. He had been killed at the shopping mall where he was holed up in the north-eastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima, they said. “The police have killed the perpetrator and ...

  • Passenger jet carrying 172 passengers nearly shot down over Syria, Russia says

    February 7, 2020

    An Airbus A320 jet carrying 172 passengers was nearly shot down on its approach to the Syrian capital, Damascus, shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday after Syria fired antiaircraft missiles in response to an attack, according to a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Russian news agencies reported Friday. Russia accused the Israeli air force of using the passenger plane ...