News – January 2018

 


  • Security at the Speed of Life

    January 17, 2018

    Everyone wants to be safe and secure, but can you imagine if you had to go through a security screening at the metro station like there is at the airport? What if there were a way to safely scan crowds for potential threat items in places like metro and train stations without security officials coming ...

  • Congress risks national security and U.S. aviation

    January 17, 2018

    America is an aerospace nation and flying is its life’s blood. Management of this precious resource is the responsibility of our air traffic control (ATC) system, and our ATC is the envy of the free world — the safest and most capable such organization on the globe. The Department of Defense relies on the Federal Aviation ...

  • More than 120 cases as measles outbreak in England grows

    January 16, 2018

    There have now been more than 120 confirmed cases in a measles outbreak affecting five areas of England. Public Health England (PHE) said that as of 9 January there had been 34 cases in West Yorkshire, 29 in Cheshire and Liverpool, 32 in the West Midlands, 20 in Surrey and seven in Greater Manchester – a ...

  • U.S. lawmakers urge AT&T to cut commercial ties with Huawei – sources

    January 16, 2018

    U.S. lawmakers are urging AT&T Inc, the No. 2 wireless carrier, to cut commercial ties to Chinese phone maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and oppose plans by telecom operator China Mobile Ltd to enter the U.S. market because of national security concerns, two congressional aides said. The warning comes after the administration of U.S. President Donald ...

  • BlackBerry boosts security expertise with connected car offering

    January 16, 2018

    Connected vehicles will soon be able to benefit from a major security boostfollowing a new release by BlackBerry. The Canadian firm has revealed the launch of Jarvis, a cloud-based security platform that can provide real-time insights of code within a vehicle. With the industry still in its relative infancy, connected cars often contain components and software from a wide ...

  • Huge oil spill left after burning tanker sinks off China

    January 15, 2018

    Chinese ships are racing to clean up a giant oil spill after an Iranian tanker sank in the East China Sea. The 120 sq km (46 sq mile) oil slick is thought to be made up of heavy fuel that was used to power the vessel. The Sanchi oil tanker sank on Sunday and officials say all ...

  • Pumping On Colombia’s Transandino Pipeline Halted After Bomb Attack

    January 15, 2018

    Pumping on Colombia’s southern Transandino pipeline was halted on Sunday after a bomb attack by the ELN rebels spilled crude into a river, state-run oil company Ecopetrol and the military said. The National Liberation Army (ELN) is in the midst of a renewed offensive against the military and oil infrastructure, after the end of a months-long ...

  • Now Meltdown patches are making industrial control systems lurch

    January 15, 2018

    Patches for the Meltdown vulnerability are causing stability issues in industrial control systems. SCADA vendor Wonderware admitted that Redmond’s Meltdown patch made its Historian product wobble. “Microsoft update KB4056896 (or parallel patches for other Operating System) causes instability for Wonderware Historian and the inability to access DA/OI Servers through the SMC,” an advisory on Wonderware’s support site explains. Read ...

  • Aircraft registration system said to pose security risks

    January 15, 2018

    The Federal Aviation Administration is facing the prospect of two outside reviews and a push from Congress for greater transparency after a report found that decades of lax oversight had left the United States vulnerable to drug dealers and even terrorists who seek to anonymously register planes here. The Globe Spotlight team’s “Secrets in the sky” investigation revealed ...

  • 10 killed in clashes at Libya’s main international airport

    January 15, 2018

    Fighting at the Libyan capital’s only working international airport killed at least 10 people on Monday, officials said, after militiamen attacked it in an attempt to free colleagues held at a jail there. Mitiga airport, a former military air base on the eastern outskirts of the capital, was evacuated when the clashes erupted and roads to ...

  • Baghdad double suicide attack kills many

    January 15, 2018

    At least 35 people have been killed in a double suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, medical sources say, the second attack in three days. More than 90 were injured in the attack in Tayaran Square, in the city centre. Baghdad has repeatedly been the target of bombings and armed attacks since the Islamic State (IS) ...

  • Competition document: finding explosives hidden in electrical items

    January 12, 2018

    This Defence and Security Accelerator (Accelerator) themed competition seeks to make a real difference in aviation security through innovative science and technology. The competition is looking for proposals to improve our ability to prevent explosives, hidden within electrical items in passenger baggage, from being taken on board an aircraft. This Accelerator competition is part of the wider Department for Transport and Home Office Future Aviation ...

  • Brace yourselves for the ‘terabyte (sic) of death’, warns US army IT boss

    January 12, 2018

    The outgoing head of the Defense Information Systems Agency, which handles computer security for the US Department of Defense, has warned a massive cyber-attack is “looming” at the American military’s door. Over lunch on Thursday, Army Lieutenant General Alan Lynn, who retires in a few months, told the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Washington chapter ...

  • Nottingham rail station fire causes travel chaos

    January 12, 2018

    A huge blaze has closed Nottingham railway station, causing major disruption. At its peak 10 fire crews were tackling the fire, which began at about 06:30 GMT. Flames were seen coming from the station’s roof and smoke filled the foyer, prompting the building’s evacuation. All train services have been suspended and a number of roads have been closed. Read ...

  • Carphone Warehouse fined £400,000 over 2015 data breach

    January 11, 2018

    Carphone Warehouse has been slapped with a £400,000 fine for a data breach which led to the theft of information belonging to millions of customers. On Wednesday, the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said the fine is one of the largest issued in the data watchdog’s history. In 2015, Carphone Warehouse said that a data breach had led to the theft ...