News – January 2020

 


  • Somalia: Turkish workers wounded in deadly al-Shabab car bombing

    January 18, 2020

    At least four people have been killed and 15 others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack claimed by the al-Shabab group near the capital of Somalia, according to authorities. Both Turkish and Somali officials said those injured in Saturday’s attack near the town of Afgoye, about 30 kilometres (18 miles) southwest of Mogadishu, included Turkish engineers as well ...

  • Hoaxer jailed after causing bomb scare because he was going to miss his flight

    January 18, 2020

    A passenger who caused a bomb scare on his own flight because he was running late has been jailed for 16 months. Rashidul Islam was due to fly from Gatwick Airport to Morocco to see his fiancee, but his train from Cricklewood unexpectedly terminated at St Pancras. He took a taxi from the train station in Central London but ...

  • Chemical explosion in Spain claims third victim

    January 16, 2020

    A man who was in critical condition following an explosion at a chemical plant in northeastern Spain has died, bringing the death toll to three. Another victim of the massive blast in the port city of Tarragona is being treated for major burns and remains in serious condition at Barcelona’s Vall d’Hebron Hospital. The explosion took place on ...

  • Estonia’s Elering joins ENCS to bolster EU cybersecurity

    January 16, 2020

    Estonia’s national Transmission System Operator (TSO) for electricity and natural gas, Elering, has become the latest member of the European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) to strengthen the energy sector’s cyber defences. Elering is responsible for the functioning of the Estonian electricity system, ensuring the required standard of electricity supply to consumers at all times. For ...

  • DISA Defending, Improving DOD Network, Director Says

    January 16, 2020

    The Defense Information Systems Agency’s mission is to provide, operate and defend global command and control and information-sharing capabilities for the entire Defense Department, national-level leaders and coalition partners, the agency’s director said. Navy Vice Adm. Nancy A. Norton, who also serves as commander of the Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Network, spoke at ...

  • FBI: Nation-state actors have breached two US municipalities

    January 16, 2020

    Nation-state hackers have breached the networks of two US municipalities last year, the FBI said in a security alert sent to private industry partners last week. The hacks took place after attackers used the CVE-2019-0604 vulnerability in Microsoft SharePoint servers to breach the two municiplities’ networks. The FBI says that once attackers got a foothold on these networks, “malicious ...

  • T.S.A. Finds Record Number of Guns at Airports in 2019

    January 16, 2020

    The Transportation Security Administration caught more firearms at airport checkpoints in 2019 than in any other year since it was created in 2001, the agency said Wednesday, as part of a steady uptick that its leader called “deeply troubling.” The agency said that it found 4,432 firearms last year in carry-on bags or carried by passengers, ...

  • Cyber-security breaches at 67 percent of healthcare organisations last year

    January 16, 2020

    A survey has found that a large portion of healthcare organisations in the UK experienced cyber-security incidents last year, which were mostly due to employees sharing data. According to new research, in the last 12 months, 67 percent of healthcare organisations in the UK suffered a cyber-security incident. The data was compiled by Clearswift, which surveyed senior business decision makers ...

  • How Safe Are The UAE’s Nuclear Power Plants?

    January 16, 2020

    Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) is building four identical nuclear reactors at the Barakah site in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi emirate. Construction of the units is now close to completion. Once all four are on line they will be able to produce some 5.6GW of electricity. Nuclear power is controversial in many parts ...

  • FBI arrests 3 linked to white supremacist group ahead of pro-gun rally

    January 16, 2020

    FBI agents on Thursday arrested a former Canadian armed forces reservist and two other men who are linked to a violent white supremacist group and were believed to be heading to a pro-gun rally next week in Virginia’s capital. The three men are members of the Base and were arrested on federal charges in a criminal complaint unsealed ...

  • UN Weathers Storm of Emotet-TrickBot Malware

    January 15, 2020

    The operators behind the notorious Emotet malware have taken aim at United Nations personnel in a targeted attack ultimately bent on delivering the TrickBot trojan. According to researchers at Confense, a concerted phishing campaign has been using emails purporting to be from the Permanent Mission of Norway, which maintains the Scandinavian country’s diplomatic presence in New York. ...

  • British, French Spies Risk EU Curbs on Telecom Data Snooping

    January 15, 2020

    British and French spy and security agencies shouldn’t be given unfettered access to phone and internet users’ data, according to an adviser to the European Union’s top court who warned that mass interception of private communications is only allowed in a “limited and discriminate” manner. A U.K. law that obliges telecommunications companies to provide security and intelligence ...

  • UN aviation experts to join Ukraine Airlines Iran crash investigation

    January 14, 2020

    In a statement, the ICAO said that it has appointed senior and expert technical staff, who will now serve as advisors and observers. Few details of Iran’s investigation have been released by the authorities, but Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, said in a televised address that it will be overseen by several experts, and that the judiciary ...

  • Mystery SARS-Like Virus Spreads as First Confirmed Case Emerges Outside China

    January 13, 2020

    A new virus from the same family as the deadly SARS disease has spread beyond China’s borders for the first time with a case emerging in Thailand, UN and Thai officials said on Monday. Thai doctors diagnosed a Chinese traveller with mild pneumonia on January 8 later confirmed to have been caused by the so-called novel coronavirus – ...

  • Report: Chinese hacking group APT40 hides behind network of front companies

    January 13, 2020

    An online group of cyber-security analysts calling themselves Intrusion Truth have doxed their fourth Chinese state-sponsored hacking operation. “APT groups in China have a common blueprint: contract hackers and specialists, front companies, and an intelligence officer,” the Intrusion Truth team said. “We know that multiple areas of China each have their own APT.” After previously exposing details ...