News – January 2020

 


  • WHO declares the new coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

    January 30, 2020

    Statement on the second meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) The second meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director-General under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019 in the People’s Republic of China, with exportations to other countries, took place on Thursday, ...

  • U.K. Royal Navy Takes Lead in Persian Gulf Shipping Protection Mission

    January 30, 2020

    The U.K. Royal Navy is now leading the international effort to protect shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman following a change of command ceremony Thursday. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper lauded the United Kingdom’s agreement to command Coalition Task Force Sentinel, which started operations in November under the ...

  • NISA Operated CCTV Cameras In Mogadishu Hit By Explosions

    January 30, 2020

    4 Newly installed NISA operated CCTV cameras Mogadishu  hit by explosions in Mogadishu on Thursday Radio Dalsan reports 3 of the cameras targeted locate near Dabka junction, KM4 and a 4th one close to Maka Al-Mukarama Hotel. The explosion was remote controlled according to a police source. National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA)  installed CCTV cameras in ...

  • U.N. Hack Stemmed From Microsoft SharePoint Flaw

    January 30, 2020

    Hackers breached the United Nations network in July by exploiting a Microsoft SharePoint vulnerability, according to reports. The breach, which appears to be an espionage operation, reportedly gave the hackers access to an estimated 400 GB of sensitive data. The breach was swept under the rug by the U.N. until this week, when an internal document ...

  • Swiss humanitarian channel to Iran launches with medical shipments

    January 30, 2020

    A new Swiss payment mechanism has launched which allows humanitarian aid to be sent to Iran without falling foul of US sanctions. Cancer and transplant patients are the first to have benefited. The US said the channel was subject to “strict due diligence measures to avoid misuse by the Iranian regime”. Humanitarian supplies are exempt from the US ...

  • Secure 5G networks: Questions and Answers on the EU toolbox

    January 29, 2020

    Why is the cybersecurity of 5G networks important? As a major enabler for future digital services, 5G will play a key role in the development of our digital economy and society in the years to come. From personalised medicine to precision agriculture, from smart energy grids to connected mobility, 5G will potentially affect almost every aspect ...

  • Scientists develop a concept of a hybrid thorium reactor

    January 29, 2020

    Russian scientists have proposed a concept of a thorium hybrid reactor in that obtains additional neutrons using high-temperature plasma held in a long magnetic trap. This project was applied in close collaboration between Tomsk Polytechnic University, All-Russian Scientific Research Institute Of Technical Physics (VNIITF), and Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics of SB RAS. The proposed ...

  • DOD contractor suffers ransomware infection

    January 29, 2020

    Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA), a 40-year-old electronics company and a well-known US government contractor, has suffered a ransomware infection, ZDNet has learned. The infection hit the company last week. Among the systems that had data encrypted during the incident were the company’s web servers. Signs of the incident are still visible online. Encrypted files and ransom notes ...

  • Maritime minister undertakes future of shipping industry tour, as ports cyber security guidance is updated

    January 28, 2020

    Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani has today (28 January 2020) finished off a tour of southern ports to see the innovative work underway to future-proof the maritime industry, including discovering how plans were developing for an autonomous ship to sail independently across the Atlantic for the Mayflower’s 400th anniversary. Beginning in the Port of Plymouth yesterday, the ...

  • Huawei set for limited role in UK 5G networks

    January 28, 2020

    The UK has decided to let Huawei continue to be used in its 5G networks but with restrictions, despite pressure from the US to block the firm. The Chinese firm will be banned from supplying kit to “sensitive parts” of the network, known as the core. In addition, it will only be allowed to account for 35% ...

  • Unexploded IED found at Shenzhen border control point

    January 28, 2020

    An improvised explosive device was discovered in a rubbish bin at the Shenzhen Bay Control Point on Tuesday morning, just 12 hours after a Hong Kong public toilet was set ablaze by a suspected home-made bomb, making it the third such incident in the past 48 hours The palm-sized device at the border station, which police said ...

  • Lassa fever outbreak kills dozens in Nigeria

    January 27, 2020

    At least 29 killed and 195 cases of the disease confirmed in the latest outbreak to hit the country, government says. Nigerian authorities have announced increased emergency measures to contain the latest outbreak of Lassa fever in the West African country, following the death of 29 people this month from the viral disease. “As at 24th of ...

  • UK Government tightens law around IoT cyber security

    January 27, 2020

    Rigorous new legislation is set to protect the security and privacy of millions of users of internet of things (IoT) devices across the UK under plans drawn up by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). Announced today by digital minister Matt Warman, the law will force manufacturers of smart connected devices to adhere to a set of ...

  • U.S. Air Force E-11A plane crashed in a Taliban held-territory in Afghanistan

    January 27, 2020

    A US Air Force E-11A plane crashed in Taliban-held territory in south-west Afghanistan. The initial reports indicated it was an Afghan Ariana passenger plane that crashed in Ghazni province with 83 people on board, but late the state-owned Afghan Ariana rejected the report and said in a statement that all their flights have been conducted normally. The ...

  • WHO: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Situation report

    January 27, 2020

    WHO Director-GeneralDr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and colleagues are in Beijing to meet with government and health experts supporting the response. The mission’s aim is to understand the latest developments and strengthen the partnership with China, in particular for the response. Current estimates of the incubation period of the virus range from 2-10 days, and these estimates ...