News – March 2019

 


  • Critical Rockwell Automation Bug in Drive Component Puts IIoT Plants at Risk

    March 29, 2019

    A critical Rockwell Automation flaw could be exploited to manipulate an industrial drive’s physical process and or even stop it. A critical denial-of-service (DoS) vulnerability has been found in a Rockwell Automation industrial drive, which is a logic-controlled mechanical component used in industrial systems to manage industrial motors. The vulnerability was identified in Rockwell Automation’s PowerFlex 525 ...

  • Landmark terror finance resolution adopted by Security Council

    March 28, 2019

    Speaking via video-link from Rome, where he has been meeting specialist Italian law enforcement officials to discuss building closer ties to tackle the problem; The UN’s counter-terrorism chief, Vladimir Voronkov, said that the adoption comes at a “critical time,” with recent attacks demonstrating that terror groups continue to have access to both legal and illegal ...

  • UK: Grenfell: toxic contamination found in nearby homes and soil

    March 28, 2019

    Cancer-causing chemicals and other potentially harmful toxins have been found close to Grenfell Tower in fire debris and soil samples that could pose serious health risks to the surrounding community and survivors of the blaze, a study warns. The research has uncovered “significant environmental contamination” from a range of toxins, including in oily deposits collected 17 ...

  • Special forces seize tanker hijacked by migrants in the Mediterranean Sea

    March 28, 2019

    Special forces have seized a tanker after it was hijacked by migrants who had been rescued in the Mediterranean Sea. Authorities in Italy and Malta said the migrants had taken control of the Libya-bound ship on Wednesday and forced the crew to sail towards Europe. It came after the Turkish oil tanker had rescued about 120 people, ...

  • Elfin: Relentless Espionage Group Targets Multiple Organizations in Saudi Arabia and U.S.

    March 27, 2019

    Although heavily focused on the Middle East, Elfin (aka APT33) has also targeted a range of organizations in the U.S. including a number of major corporations. The Elfin espionage group (aka APT33) has remained highly active over the past three years, attacking at least 50 organizations in Saudi Arabia, the United States, and a range of ...

  • Half of industrial control system networks have faced cyberattacks, say security researchers

    March 27, 2019

    Industrial control systems in manufacturing, energy, chemical and other environments are coming under an increasing number of cyberattacks, as hacking groups of all kinds attempt to breach these networks. By targeting industrial systems attackers can potentially do vast amounts of damage, ranging from using backdoors to make off with sensitive data, causing the network to shut down ...

  • Congo ebola epidemic becomes second worst outbreak ever

    March 25, 2019

    The ebola epidemic crippling parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo has now exceeded 1,000 cases, making it the second worst outbreak in history. In a statement, the Congolese health ministry revealed that the total number affected stood at 1,009, with the numbers of people killed having climbed to 629. New technologies including a trial vaccine, experimental ...

  • 36 vulnerabilities in LTE 4G standard could enable data interception

    March 25, 2019

    Researchers have discovered a collection of flaws in the Long-Term Evolution (LTE) standard, which could allow an attacker to send spoof messages and intercept data traffic. A team with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology Constitution (KAIST) have discovered 51 vulnerabilities with the 4G standard, including 15 known issues and 36 previously undiscovered flaws. They ...

  • FEMA Exposes PII for Millions of Hurricane, Wildfire Survivors

    March 25, 2019

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency exposed the personal identifiable information of 2.3 million survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the California wildfires in 2017, by oversharing survivor data with a contractor when it wasn’t necessary. Worse, the contractor’s networks has unpatched vulnerabilities that would allow an adversary access to that information. Through the TSA program, ...

  • ICAO Secretary General highlights future capacity challenges for European and North Atlantic air transport

    March 25, 2019

    ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu discussed a range of pressing air transport priorities earlier this week with the assembled Directors General of Civil Aviation for the 56 ICAO European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) Member States. Convening for the 2019 EUR/NAT DGCA Meeting in ICAO’s Paris Regional Office, Dr. Liu welcomed the newly appointed ICAO EUR/NAT Regional Director, Ms. Silvia Gehrer, ...

  • Safety experts concerned by repeated security lapses at Dhaka airport

    March 24, 2019

    Recent security lapses at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka have raised eyebrows among safety experts, as multiple passengers have managed to sneak firearms past terminal gates. Lax security at the airport not only poses threats for passengers, but also negatively affects Bangladesh’s image in the international arena, the experts added. The issue of airport security entered ...

  • Analysis: Drone Tech Creates New Type of Blended Threat

    March 22, 2019

    Hacked drones are breaching physical and cyberdefenses to cause disruption and steal data, experts warn. In the run-up to Christmas 2018, rogue drones grounded planes at London Gatwick, the UK’s second-busiest airport. Four months later, the operators have not been found. Drones are a growing threat for law enforcement and business security officers, not just in the ...

  • ‘Improvised explosive device’ in Irish postal sorting office handed over to gardai

    March 22, 2019

    The Army’s Bomb Squad have made safe the viable improvised explosive device recovered from a Limerick An Post office this morning. The device has now been handed over to gardai who are continuing to liaise with their colleagues in the UK as part of the investigation. In a statement the Defence Forces said: “This morning, following a ...

  • Dstl Seeks SMEs for Additional £40M Research and Partnership Opportunities

    March 21, 2019

    Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the science and technology sectors could benefit from an additional £40 million to £45 million of external investment opportunities from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). The organisation is seeking supply chain partners for a series of research projects across the defence spectrum due to start this year. Representatives ...

  • LockerGoga Ransomware Disrupts Operations at Norwegian Aluminum Company

    March 20, 2019

    Norwegian aluminum company Norsk Hydro was hit by a ransomware attack on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. According to the Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM), the attackers used LockerGoga, a relatively new strain of ransomware first discovered in January. According to Reuters, the attack was severe enough to disrupt parts of production at Norsk Hydro. On Tuesday morning, employees were ...