News – January 2018

 


  • Drone flew so close to passenger jet over Kew that crew thought it had hit plane

    January 26, 2018

    A drone came so close to a London-bound passenger jet that the crew believed it must have collided with the tail. The aircraft, an Airbus 321, was flying over Kew in west London on approach to Heathrow when the incident happened. A report by the UK Airprox Board (UKAB) said a three or four-engine white drone came ...

  • U.S. Air Force, Army Developing Multidomain Doctrine

    January 25, 2018

    The Army and the Air Force are working together to flesh out how to fight a multidomain battle, a senior Air Force commander said today during a presentation at the Brookings Institution here. Air Force Gen. James M. Holmes, commander of Air Combat Command, said he is working closely with Gen. David G. Perkins, commander of the Army’s Training and ...

  • Non-‘fiscally neutral’ defence review is go, minister tells MPs

    January 25, 2018

    A long-rumoured review of British defence spending will not be “fiscally neutral”, Secretary of State for Defence Gavin Williamson told Parliament this morning as he announced that it is going ahead. The review has been split out of an ongoing national security review headed up by the Prime Minister’s National Security Adviser, Sir Mark Sedwill. Unlike ...

  • Analysts: U.S. nuclear modernization plan under-invests in cybersecurity

    January 23, 2018

    The nuclear posture review specifically mentions “expanding threats in space and cyberspace.” Since a leaked draft of the Defense Department’s nuclear posture review was revealed by the Huffington Post, analysts and arms control experts have sounded alarms about language in the document that suggests the Trump administration would broaden the scenarios where it would be acceptable ...

  • TSA screened record-high 771 million passengers in 2017

    January 23, 2018

    The Transportation Security Administration screened a record-high 771.5 million passengers in 2017 at the 440 airports the agency operates, it said Tuesday. That’s up more than 30 million from the 738.3 million people TSA screened in 2016. TSA Administrator David Pekoske said changes the government made to its air travel policies were among the agency’s biggest achievements in 2017. Read ...

  • Truck carrying ‘34,000 litres of chemicals’ is stolen in Belgium

    January 23, 2018

    A truck believed to be carrying nearly 34,000 litres of chemicals has been stolen in Belgium. The lorry was taken from Zedelgem, close to the Belgian port city of Ostend on Saturday. Despite initial reports this morning, Interpol say they are not involved in a hunt for the missing truck, which is said to contain 33,500 litres of a ...

  • Airports turn to Artificial Intelligence to find the dangers within

    January 22, 2018

    Regional airports are ramping up their internal security measures as they say the most dangerous threats in today’s aviation world come from within. Artificial intelligence will play a major role in staff clearance in cities like Dubai and Jeddah in the coming years as it will ensure swift analysis and predictions of potential criminal or terrorist ...

  • No Passport or Ticket: How a Woman Evaded Airport Security and Flew to London

    January 22, 2018

    With neither a ticket nor a passport, Marilyn Hartman slipped into Chicago O’Hare International Airport last week, sneaked onto a British Airways flight and traveled to London, where she was apprehended by customs officials, the Chicago Police Department said in a news release. How did she do it? By hiding in plain sight. Ms. Hartman, 66, of Grayslake, ...

  • U.S. requires tougher cargo screening from Middle East airports

    January 22, 2018

    The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Monday it will require six Middle Eastern carriers to undergo enhanced cargo screening as part of an effort to raise global aviation security. The emergency amendment covers carriers in five countries flying out of seven airports and focuses “on last points of departure locations where the threat is ...

  • Kabul hotel attack: 18 dead, including 14 foreigners, in overnight Taliban siege

    January 21, 2018

    A Taliban assault on the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan’s capital killed at least 18 people, including 14 foreigners, and pinned security forces down for more than 13 hours before the last attacker was killed on Sunday. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry Najib Danish said that 11 of the 14 foreigners killed were employees of KamAir, ...

  • Dridex banking Trojan compromises FTP sites in new campaign

    January 19, 2018

    Researchers have discovered the Dridex banking Trojan has once again evolved and is now using compromised FTP websites in phishing campaigns. The Trojan was first spotted back in 2014 after targeting banks in the United Kingdom. Since then, Dridex has become infamous for striking financial institutions across Europe. The malware spreads through phishing campaigns, duping victims into downloading ...

  • A Secret Hacking Group Is Using Android Malware to Spy on Thousands of People in 21 Countries, Research Finds

    January 19, 2018

    A shadowy hacking campaign has been operating out of a Beirut building owned by the Lebanese General Directorate of General Security for the last six years, stealing text messages, call logs, and files from journalists, military members, corporations, and other targets in 21 countries, according to a joint report released today by cybersecurity firm Lookout and digital ...

  • Trisis has the security world spooked, stumped and searching for answers

    January 18, 2018

    More than four months have passed since a novel, highly sophisticated piece of malware forced an important oil and gas facility in the Middle East to suddenly shut down, but cybersecurity analysts still don’t know who wrote the code. Since last August, multiple teams of researchers in the public and private sectors have been examining what the ...

  • The Allianz Risk Barometer Ranks Top Risks For Global Corporations

    January 18, 2018

    The year ahead will be a perilous one for large global corporations according to a risk ranking report from Allianz, the global insurance company. Several of the risks overlap in the 2018 Allianz Risk Barometer which shows a great deal of fragility in a digitally connected business world. The leading risk is business interruption whose causes can range ...

  • UK to pay extra £44.5m for Calais security in Anglo-French deal

    January 18, 2018

    Britain will pay £44.5m for extra security measures in France to prevent another refugee camp forming in Calais or any other Channel port, Theresa May is to announce. The extra cash will go towards fencing, CCTV and other detection technology in Calais and other ports, possibly including Dunkirk. It will also be used to help relocate migrants from the port ...