News – July 2019

 


  • Financial threats in H1 2019

    July 31, 2019

    Financial cyberthreats are malicious programs that attack users of online banking services, electronic money, cryptocurrency and other similar services, as well as threats aimed at gaining access to financial organizations and their infrastructure. Kaspersky experts regularly analyze the statistics that the company’s products anonymously send to the cloud infrastructure of the Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) ...

  • Cyberattack warning to small plane owners: How your aircraft could be vulnerable

    July 30, 2019

    The alert from the DHS critical infrastructure computer emergency response team. warns that modern flight systems are vulnerable to hacking if a person manages to gain unrestricted access to an aircraft. The alert also recommends that small plane owners restrict unauthorized physical access to their aircraft the best they can. It warns that access should remain limited until ...

  • Capital One suffers data breach affecting 100m customers

    July 30, 2019

    Capital One bank suffered a data breach on Monday which affected over 100 million customers in the US and Canada. The bank was hacked via its cloud-based storage (thought to be a misconfigured Amazon S3 bucket) and the suspect is believed to be a 33-year-old former software engineer named Paige Thompson. According to current estimates, 140,000 social ...

  • Supreme Court OKs $2.5B DoD Funding for Border Wall Construction

    July 29, 2019

    The Supreme Court has greenlit the Trump administration’s proposal to allocate $2.5 billion in Department of Defense funds for the construction of a more than 100-mile wall along the southern border, Military.com reported Saturday. The effort requires $789 million for the 46-mile portion in New Mexico, $646 million for a 63-mile part in Arizona and other funds for smaller ...

  • Blockchain Continues to Make Headway in the Energy Industry

    July 29, 2019

    Recent developments in the energy sector indicate that blockchain technology is being embraced to address a range of issues including network security and improved integration of renewable generation and demand response resources. This emerging technology continues to have the potential to become a disrupter in the energy industry. Recently the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) awarded Xage Security, ...

  • Missile launcher found in man’s luggage at Baltimore airport

    July 29, 2019

    A missile launcher was found in a man’s luggage after he tried to bring it back from Kuwait “as a souvenir”, US federal officials said. The military grade weapon was seized at Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport, the Transport Security Administration (TSA) said. TSA officers called airport police who found the man and detained him for questioning. The unidentified ...

  • Dissident republicans ‘lure police to deadly explosive booby-trap near a bus stop in Northern Ireland

    July 28, 2019

    Dissident republicans are believed to have lured police to a bomb disguised as a fired mortar near a bus stop in Northern Ireland on Friday. The explosive, found on a footpath in Craigavon, Co Armagh, was set up to detonate if moved or touched, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said. It said a call to a Belfast newspaper that a mortar had ...

  • Two North Carolina bomb squad agents injured after explosive materials blew-up during the search of a man’s home

    July 26, 2019

    Two North Carolina bomb squad agents were injured during the search of a man’s home after he was pulled over for having homemade explosives in his car. The State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) agents were assisting Sampson County Sheriff’s Office investigate a rural area southeast of Raleigh when the materials exploded on Friday. Assistant Special Agent in ...

  • US resumes nuclear, chemical attack response training to BFP personnel

    July 26, 2019

    United States is continuing to capacitate the Philippines to build its capability in responding to threats and attacks related to the use of chemical and nuclear weapons. A news statement from the US Embassy in Manila said that personnel of Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) have been training members of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) ...

  • Ransomware incident leaves some Johannesburg residents without electricity

    July 25, 2019

    A ransomware infection at an electricity provider in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city and financial capital, has left some of its residents without power. The ransomware infection impacted City Power — a provider of pre-paid electric power for Johannesburg residents and local companies. The malware encrypted the company’s database, internal network, web apps, and ...

  • Louisiana governor declares state emergency after local ransomware outbreak

    July 25, 2019

    Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has activated a state-wide state of emergency in response to a wave of ransomware infections that have hit multple school districts. The ransomware infections took place this week and have impacted the school districts of three North Louisiana parishes — Sabine, Morehouse, and Ouachita. IT networks are down at all three school ...

  • NSA to establish a defense-minded division named the Cybersecurity Directorate

    July 23, 2019

    The National Security Agency announced today plans to establish a new defense-minded cyber-security division that will focus on defending the US against foreign cyber-threats. This new division, which will be named the Cybersecurity Directorate, will become operational on October 1, later this year. Anne Neuberger will be the division’s first Director of Cybersecurity. She will report directly ...

  • IED blast kills one in Turkey’s southeast

    July 23, 2019

    Two civilian vehicles on their way to pick up military personnel in Turkey’s southeastern Hakkari province were targeted by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on Tuesday. The explosion killed one of the drivers and severely injured the other. The deceased was identified as Ilhami Celik, added the source who asked not to be named due to restrictions on ...

  • EgyptAir executive says no ‘logical reason’ for British Airways cancellations to Cairo

    July 23, 2019

    An executive of state-owned EgyptAir said on Tuesday that British Airways’ decision to suspend flights to Cairo, the Egyptian capital, for several days was “without a logical reason.” The vice chairman of EgyptAir Holding Co, Sherif Ezzat Badrous, told reporters at a ceremony marking the delivery of the carrier’s newest Boeing Co (BA.N) 787 Dreamliner that ...

  • Lancaster University students’ data stolen by cyber-thieves

    July 23, 2019

    Students’ personal data has been stolen in a “sophisticated and malicious” phishing attack at Lancaster University. Officials said the information had been used to send bogus invoices to applicants. “A very small number” of student records, phone numbers and ID documents were also accessed, it said. The breach has been reported to police and the Information Commissioner’s Office. In ...